Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed replaced his army chief, the head of intelligence and the foreign minister as the conflict with the northern Tigray region escalates.
Abiy’s office said in a statement that Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen had been appointed foreign minister while deputy army chief Birhanu Jula was promoted to army chief of staff.
Temesgen Tiruneh, who was president of the Amhara region, was appointed as the new intelligence chief.
The prime minister did not explain the move but he accused the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), an ethnic faction in the north of the country of preparing for war with the federal government since 2018.
Tensions rose with the Tigray region on Wednesday after the prime minister accused the TPLF of an attack on federal troops.
The federal army is continuing its offensive on the area and it’s feared the fighting could spark a civil war.