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Ethiopia: Armed groups announce alliance to topple Abiy as US introduces sanctions bill

By Julian Pecquet
Posted on Friday, 5 November 2021 21:05

Smoke billows from the scene of an air strike, in Mekelle, the capital of Tigray region, Ethiopia 20 October 2021. REUTERS/Stringer

A coalition of nine Ethiopian groups led by Tigrayan rebels and their Oromo allies announced the formation of a multi-ethnic alliance to topple the government on Friday amid reports that they’re closing in on the capital.

The signing ceremony at the National Press Club in Washington DC comes as US special envoy Jeffrey Feltman is in Addis Ababa to try to negotiate a ceasefire. The rebel groups said they wanted to usher in a transitional government after a year of war that has killed thousands of people and displaced millions across northern Ethiopia.

“We are forced to defend ourselves,” former foreign minister Berhane Gebre-Christos, a Tigrayan official, told reporters. “Definitely, we will have a change in Ethiopia before Ethiopia implodes.”

Alliance members