Ethiopia DM replaced after criticising PM Abiy amid ethnic violence
As part of a cabinet reshuffle against the backdrop of recent ethnic violence in the country, Ahmed appointed Kene’a Yadeta as the new defence minister, replacing Lemma Megersa. Yadeta is a former security official in Oromia.
Ten appointments were announced on the Prime Minister’s Office Facebook page, including Gedion Timothewos as the new Attorney General and the mayor of the capital Addis Ababa, Takele Uma, named Mines and Energy Minister.
Lemma opposed the formation of the Prosperity Party, which was established by the incumbent Prime Minister Ahmed last year as a successor to the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) with the hopes of uniting the country through a coalition of ethno-regional parties. Lemma was also formerly Ahmed’s boss when he was president of the Oromia region.
Earlier this month the Oromia regional branch of the Prosperity Party announced Lemma had been suspended from its central and executive committees, although AP reports that it was unclear if he had ever actually joined the party.
Ethnic tensions gripped the country last month, following the murder of an influential singer and activist from the Oromo ethnic community, 34-year old Hachalu Hundessa. His death sparked protests from his supporters who took to the streets in several cities and towns, leading to clashes with security forces which left over 200 dead. There have also been numerous arrests, including a prominent Oromo politician and media mogul, Jawar Mohammed, who became a prominent critic of Ahmed and joined the opposition Oromo Federalist Congress.
One Twitter account run by an Oromo activist has shared several graphic images of victims of violence by the security forces, placing particular blame on the “psychopath noble peace winner” Abiy Ahmed. Ahmed was the winner of last year’s Nobel Peace Prize, he became Ethiopia’s first Oromo leader when he was appointed as the country’s 4th prime minister in 2018 in recognition of his efforts to make peace with neighbouring Eritrea.
Ethiopia: ODUU Haaraa Amma Nu Gahe. BREAKING News August 19 / 2020
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