The spokesman for Ethiopia’s ruling party has claimed Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is out to destroy the EPRDF, an apparent reference to the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), the party of which the prime minister is a member.
“Every time the prime minister talks peace, he is not actually interested in peace. He is interested in taking Ethiopia to the next level in service to his interests,” Tesfalem Walden, the spokesman for Ethiopia’s ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), said. The comments were made at a meeting in which the party’s national policy council met.
Walden’s statement comes a few weeks after Ethiopian government security forces killed scores of anti-government protesters in a string of protests across various Ethiopian regions. The protests have marked the bloodiest conflict since the EPRDF came to power in 1991. The demonstrators, which have been mostly anti-government protesters, are urging the EPRDF to stand for presidential elections rather than passing power to Abiy, who was elected to the post just last month.
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