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An Ethiopian Opposition Party Demands Abiy Ahmed’s Gov’t To Disarm TPLF

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Berhanu Nega, leader of Ethiopian Citizens For Social Justice Party (EZEMA). (Photo : FBC/file )

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Toronto – Two days after the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) launched a full-fledged military invasions of Raya Alamata  where it controlled all the areas that have been described as “disputed,” displacing tens of thousands of residents, A major Ethiopian Opposition party is blaming Abiy Ahmed’s government over how the TPLF is behaving. 

Ethiopian Citizens For Social Justice Party (EZEMA), in a statement released on Thursday, said “While the TPLF is a “party” with no legal recognition from the National Electoral Board which has the authority to register and govern parties, it has become the only entity with its armed forces and continues to terrorize and disrupt the nation’s peace.” 

It is to be recalled that the Ethiopian Parliament, in May 2021, designated TPLF as a terrorist organization after it attacked first the northern command of the Ethiopian Defense Force and then launched destructive military campaigns against Afar and Amhara regions. 

EZEMA confirmed in its statement news stories that have been making headlines in Ethiopian News outlets (except state-owned ones). It said  TPLF took control of controversial areas against the Pretoria Agreement with a thinking that it can get away with what it wanted through the barrel of a gun. 

Noting that citizens and residents are subjected to displacement and harassment for the fourth time as a result of TPLF which overlooks the price paid for peace,  EZEMA said the government ( Abiy Ahmed’s government) failed to give due attention that matches TPLF’s traitor behavior. It said TPLF should have been disarmed in accordance with the Pretoria Agreement. 

It also blamed the government that the government failed to act against TPLF when it was dissolving the unconstitutional special forces in regions. In a recent revelation, the Tigray regional interim president Getachew Reda said that the TPLF has 270,000 armed combatants.  

“So long as this group (TPLF) continues to be armed, we will not have peace as a country,” said EZEMA. It underscored that the government should immediately disarm the TPLF. 

Furthermore, EZEMA said what it called negligence, failure to discharge responsibility, and carelessness on the part of the Federal government as it relates to acting on the TPLF is “very saddening” and some that “we condemn vehemently.” 

EZEMA wants Abiy Ahmed’s government to prioritize dealing with the arrogant and above-the-law attitude of TPLF as it would be crucial , as it said, for peace in the country. 

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