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Ethiopia takes Tigray’s TPLF party off terrorism list


Ethiopia Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

PHOTO: Amanuel Sileshi, AFP

Ethiopia’s parliament on Wednesday removed the Tigray region’s main political movement from a list of terrorist organisations, a major step towards establishing an interim local government after a two-year civil war.

The Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), which led the northern region into war with the federal government in late 2020, was designated a terrorist group in May 2021.

The conflict ended with a truce signed in Pretoria last November after tens of thousands of people were killed and millions forced from their homes.

Ethiopia’s parliament said in a statement that a majority of lawmakers had approved the delisting.

The delisting is a prerequisite to the TPLF’s participation in an interim government, which the party nominated its spokesman, Getachew Reda, last week to lead.

Getachew did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.

Dessalegn Chanie, a lawmaker from the opposition National Movement of Amhara (NAMA), voted against delisting, accusing the TPLF of not fulfilling its commitments in the peace deal.

“When it comes to disarmament, demobilization and reintegration, none of them are fulfilled,” he told Reuters.

“The federal government should guarantee to the public that TPLF won’t wage another round of war.


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Publish date : 2023-03-22 17:41:20