Ethiopia says its security heads ordered an attack of the country’s new prime minister
Young, popular and preaching peace, prime minister Abiy Ahmed has accelerated reform across all sectors in Ethiopia since coming to power in April. But his radical and transformative agenda has faced opposition—more so from within the country’s establishment.
On Monday (Nov. 12), attorney general Berhanu Tsegaye said evidence indicated senior members of the country’s security branches orchestrated an attack against Abiy at a rally in June, according to Reuters. Two people were killed and scores injured after a grenade went off at a political rally in the capital Addis Ababa that Abiy attended.
The government issued arrests for 36 officials from branches of the security forces including the national security agency, the federal and Addis Ababa police forces.
“The evidence we gathered shows that the senior leadership of the national security agency instructed Oromos to carry out the attack because it would mean that the prime minister—an Oromo—was killed by Oromos,” the attorney general said. “It would (also) give the impression that he is not endorsed by the Oromo population.”
As many as 26 officials from the military-run Metals and Engineering Corporation also appeared in court where they were denied bail. METEC was once responsible for constructing the $4 billion dam project on the River Nile, expected to be Africa’s biggest hydroelectric project, but was ousted from the contract in August.
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