When Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia received the Nobel Peace Prize last year, he was lauded as a regional peacemaker. Now, he is being asked to pull his own country back from the brink of civil war.
Abiy has ordered troops into the restive Tigray region in the country’s north, bordering Eritrea. The prime minister says he made the military move in response to an alleged attack by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) on a federal military base in the regional capital of Mekelle.
The federal government has since announced a six-month state of emergency, which gives them broad security powers. Internet and communications lines have been blacked out in the region according to local reporters. On Thursday, Ethiopia’s military said it was at “war” with the ruling party of the country’s northern Tigray region.
Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials — November 6, 2020