Orthodox church splinters under pressure of civil war
The leaders of the Ethiopian Tewahedo Orthodox Church (EOTE) met with the president of the Tigray region and of the Tigray People's Liberation Front Debretsion Gebremichael on 6 February.
Abiy Ahmed Ali has adamantly rejected any outside help in his confrontation with Tigray's leaders. That hasn't stopped Uhuru Kenyatta trying to establish himself as the leader of a pro-Abiy regional coalition that would put into play AU demands for moderation.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali has for weeks been working on reconciliation with Eritrea in an effort to break the Cairo-Asmara-Abu Dhabi axis. It was fear of having to pay the price for this rapprochement that leaders of the Tigray People's Liberation Front - who have repeatedly clashed with Eritrea - rebelled against the Ethiopian federal army last week.
Breaking news, Monday 9 November 2020, 2:20 p.m. - Worried that they could be attacked by Eritrea to the north and the federal army to the south, Tigray's leaders have appealed for help from the chairman of the pan-African institution, South African president Cyril Ramaphosa.