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Ethiopia's Tigray rebels deny switch of leaders

Monday January 23, 2023

A spokesperson for the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) has denied rumours that there had been a shake-up in its leadership structure in the wake of November’s peace deal with Ethiopia’s government.

Getachew Reda tweeted on Sunday that "there is understanding for change based on the necessities for the security and existence of the Tigray people, but no cabinet has been established or realignment made”.

It came after rumours spread online that the TPLF had purged some of its senior members following the signing of the 2 November agreement to end nearly two years of war in the north of the country.

Meanwhile, suspected Oromo Liberation Army (OLA) rebels killed at least 25 security forces on Saturday in an attack in the north-western Amhara state, according to private station Esat TV.

OLA, whose fighters are mostly based in neighbouring Oromia region, was designated as a "terrorist organisation" by the government in 2021.


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