Abiy replaces top security officials amid conflict with Tigray ‘criminals’

Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed

Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed delivers a speech at the House of Peoples' Representatives of Ethiopia in Addis Ababa, on political and economic issues of the country, on February 3, 2020.

Photo credit: Michael Tewelde | AFP

What you need to know:

  • In a speech targeting the international community, Dr Abiy Ahmed said his administration lost patience after the TPLF continuously disregarded the law, including court orders.
  • He named his Deputy Demeke Mekonnen as Foreign Affairs minister replacing Gedu Andargachew, who was appointed the Prime Minister’s National Security Advisor.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Sunday appeared to rule out any dialogue with leaders of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, terming its members criminals who must face the law.

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