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Ethiopia: A Failed Coup Attempt Leads to Death of Officials, and Civilians

by Abdul Hussain

On June 24, 2019, there was a coup attempt in Ethiopia, in Amhara, whereby the Amhara region’s president, Ambachew Mekonnen and his adviser Ezez Wassie were shot dead by a “hit squad” led by the Amhara’s security chief Asaminew Tsige, and in addition to the two deaths, there was “the chief of the staff of the national security forces Seare Mekonnen was killed in his home by his bodyguard in Addis Ababa.”, alongside a retired general who was visiting Seare Mekonnen a few hours after the aforementioned killings, in Ethiopia’s capital. The deaths of the political officials were followed by Ethiopia holding a memorial of the slain officials.

Ethiopia has been reportedly plagued with infighting with several ethnic groups fighting for political dominance, and since the Ethiopian prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, was installed, and political and economic reforms were made under his leadership after years of reported authoritarian rule, political tensions have been exacerbated, to the extent whereby the Human Rights Watch expert, Felix Horne, expressing concerns of the worsening political climate in the country, especially when there was a attempted coup attempt in 2009, and an assassination attempt against Abiy Ahmed in 2018 with a grenade being thrown with the intention to target Abiy Ahmed, and 37 additional people were killed after the 2019 coup attempt, according to Ashadli Hassen, the Benishangul-Gumuz governor.

Sadly though, the African continent has been suffering with countries that are plagued with political hardships, either by infighting and coup attempts from within, like in the case of Ethiopia here, and earlier in June 2019, Sudan, or by external forces overthrowing leaders in an insidious fashion, like Libya.

Talk about a political earthquake.

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