Ethiopian PM Gives Order To Defense Forces To Start Military Offensive Against TPLF
Addis Ababa, November 4, 2020 (FBC) – Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has ordered the National Defense Forces (ENDF) to start military offensive against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).
In a statement issued this morning, office of the Prime Minister said “The Ethiopian National Defense Forces, under the direction of a Command Post, have been ordered to carry out their mission.”
Ethiopian Council Of Ministers Declares Six-Month State Of Emergency In Tigray Regional State
Addis Ababa, November 4, 2020 (FBC) – The Council of Ministers, in its 21st extraordinary session today, has declared a six-month State of Emergency in Tigray regional state.
The State of Emergency was declared in accordance with article 93/1/A of the Ethiopian constitution, according to a statement issued by office of the Prime Minister.
The article provides the power for the Council of Ministers to decree a state of emergency in case of a breakdown of law and order which endangers constitutional order, natural disaster or an epidemic occur.
The Council declared the State of Emergency “recognizing the constitutional responsibility of the government to maintain the country’s peace, the safety and security of its citizens and to prevent acts that may lead the country to further unrest and instability,” the statement noted.
Moreover, “the illegal and violent activities within the Tigray regional state are endangering the constitution and constitutional order, public peace and security, specially threatening the country’s sovereignty, seriously impeding the Federal Government from discharging its constitutional responsibility in the region, violating decisions of the House of Federation,” it noted.
The statement added that the State of Emergency decree came “understanding that this situation has reached a level where it cannot be prevented and controlled through the regular law enforcement mechanisms.”
A taskforce led by Chief of Staff of the Ethiopian National Defense Forces and composed of representatives from pertinent institution has been established to oversee the implementation of the State of Emergency, the statement stated.
The taskforce, named “State of Emergency Taskforce” is accountable to the Prime Minister. The State of Emergency shall be applicable throughout the regional state.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed this morning ordered the Ethiopian National Defense Forces (ENDF) to start military offensive against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).
Despite the Federal Government’s efforts to thwart a military confrontation, TPLF has crossed the red line by attacking the ENDF base located in Tigray regional state, according to a statement from the PM office.
The TPLF also attempted to rob artillery and military equipment from the Northern Command Post that has been stationed in the Tigray region for more than two decades in services and protection of the people of Tigray from any threats.