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War of words hits Ethiopia’s governing coalition

Ethiopia’s Amhara Democratic Party (ADP) has hit back at the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) in a war of words that is threatening the future of the country’s governing coalition.

The Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) is made up of four parties, including the ADP and TPLF.

On Wednesday evening, the TPLF accused its partner of “working with chauvinist forces” and “spoiling the security of the region”, in a statement it released after an urgent central committee meeting.

The party was referring to last month’s killing of the governor of Amhara region, Ambachew Mekonen, and two other officials, who were members of the ADP, in what the authorities have described as an attempted coup in the region.

“The ADP has to look into its fragile internal situation, assess the killings of officials and make a public apology accordingly,” the TPLF said.

On Thursday evening, the ADP hit back, saying it would not apologise, and adding that the TPLF’s demand was “upsetting”.

When it came to insecurity, the ADP blamed the TPLF for the problems. “They should have supported us during this challenging time. The TPLF will never change from its corrupt way of politics,” the party added in a post of Facebook.

This row is threatening the unity of Ethiopia’s governing coalition, analysts told the BBC Tigrinya service.

Source: bbc.com/news

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