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Ethiopian PM Abiy joins front lines, says spokesperson

dpa
Addis Ababa
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has been on the front lines with government troops since Tuesday, according to a government spokesperson.
As head of government, he is also commander-in-chief of the troops.
His deputy Demeke Mekonnen is in charge of the day-to-day business of the government, the Information Minister reported on Wednesday.
He added that the government had launched a “major offensive” on the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and claimed they had killed 12 of their leaders in the past two days.
The multi-ethnic state of Ethiopia is threatened by disintegration due to a conflict with the TPLF that has been going on in the country for about a year.
The TPLF controlled Ethiopia for 25 years before being forced into opposition when Abiy was elected Prime Minister in 2018, after which they consolidated their power base in Tigray.
A dispute last year between Addis Ababa and the TPLF about the postponement of national elections due to the coronavirus pandemic led to the current violence.
Tigray went ahead with regional elections against the wishes of the national government, prompting clashes that have been ongoing since November 2020.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Wednesday warned of a dramatic worsening of the humanitarian situation in
Ethiopia.

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