ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Ethiopia’s army chief of staff has been shot, the prime minister’s press secretary mentioned on Sunday, hours after a failed coup try was reported in a federal state north of the capital.
It was unclear whether or not General Seare Mekonnen had been killed or wounded, the press aide, Billene Seyoum, informed Reuters.
On Saturday, the federal government mentioned there had been a failed coup try towards the pinnacle of regional authorities in Amhara, one of Ethiopia’s 9 federal states.
The developments underscore the challenges dealing with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, as he tries to spearhead political reforms amid widespread unrest within the Horn of Africa nation of 100 million individuals.
Appearing on state TV late on Saturday, Abiy mentioned some of officers of the Amhara authorities have been in a gathering when a coup try occurred.
“There are a few people who were killed while others were injured,” Abiy mentioned.
Early on Sunday, Brigadier General Tefera Mamo, the pinnacle of particular forces in Amhara, informed state tv that “most of the people who attempted the coup have been arrested, although there are a few still at large.”
Residents in Amhara’s capital Bahir Dar mentioned late on Saturday there was gunfire in some neighborhoods and a few roads had been closed off.
Since coming to energy in April final 12 months, Abiy has pushed to open up the as soon as remoted, security-obsessed nation. His authorities has launched political prisoners, eliminated bans on political events and prosecuted officers accused of gross human rights abuses.
However, ethnic violence – lengthy held in verify by the state’s iron grip – has flared up in lots of areas, together with Amhara, the place the regional authorities was led by Ambachew Mekonnen.
Ethiopia is because of maintain a nationwide parliamentary election subsequent 12 months. Several opposition teams have referred to as for the polls to be held on time regardless of the unrest and displacement.
Writing by Elias Biryabarema; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore