Addis Ababa: Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed was sworn in on Monday for a second five-year term, leaving a country reeling from a nearly year-long war against Tigre forces, which he called “disgusting” towards the nation. Told, while a handful of African leaders urged him to put things together.
Abiy told a crowd in the capital, Addis Ababa, that “the Tigre conflict has cost us a great deal.” And as concerns over the human toll of the war grew, he emphasized international pressure, saying, “There are people who have given us our true self. Showed friendship and those who betrayed us.” He did not give names.
Abiy’s Prosperity Party, which was declared the winner of parliamentary elections earlier this year, was criticized and boycotted at times by opposition parties, but some outside election observers saw it as a better performance than in the past. was described in.
The prime minister, the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, to restore ties with neighboring Eritrea and push for comprehensive political reforms, now faces major challenges as the war in the Tigre region spread to other parts of the country, Deadly ethnic violence continues and watchdogs have warned that repressive government practices are on a return.
Abiy said the country would launch an “inclusive national dialogue involving all who believe in a round table discussion,” led by the Ethiopians.
The 11-month war is undermining the economy of Ethiopia, once one of Africa’s fastest growing economies, and threatening to isolate Abiy, once seen as a regional peacemaker . Six African heads of state from Nigeria, Senegal, Uganda and neighboring Somalia, Djibouti, Kenya and South Sudan attended Monday’s ceremony.
“Today, more than ever, we look forward to seeing an Ethiopian nation that is at peace with itself,” Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh told the crowd. “We all know how fragile peace is in our region. … we are certain that the Ethiopian nation is bigger and stronger than what makes it sick.”
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said that “Ethiopia is our mother. If our mother is not at peace, neither can the family live in peace.”
Ethiopia’s government faced condemnation from the United Nations, the United States and several European countries last week when it expelled seven UN officials accused of supporting Tigre forces battling Ethiopian and allied forces. Imposed.
The pressure on the government is mounting as the United Nations begins massacres in the Tigre under a “genuine humanitarian blockade”. Last week the UN humanitarian chief told The Associated Press that Ethiopia’s situation was “a blot on our conscience”.
The US has threatened to impose further sanctions if humanitarian aid to the Tigre is not given quickly and the warring parties do not take steps towards peace. Thousands have been killed in the war between the once-dominated Tigre forces of the national government and Ethiopian and allied forces.
As Abiy tackles another word, “I think this will give the government a chance to renew its commitment to reform and raise the human rights situation in the country,” Amnesty International researcher Fisha Tekle told The Associated Press. Told. “They have a parliament that is dominated by one ruling party, so if they have the commitment, they have the opportunity to do that as well.”
The results of a joint investigation into the conflict by the United Nations Human Rights Office and the government-created Ethiopian Human Rights Commission will be released on November 1, days before the war marks a year.