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

By Julian Pecquet

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Posted on November 5, 2021 20:05

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

The alliance includes the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and the Oromo Liberation Army (OLA), a splinter group of the Oromo Liberation Front that formed a military alliance with the TPLF in August. Also signing on were the Afar Revolutionary Democratic Unity Front, the Agaw Democratic Movement, the Benishangul People’s Liberation Movement,

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