Abiy surrounds himself with Tigray figures as crisis rages on
While still waging war against the TPLF, the Ethiopian prime minister has gathered round prominent figures of the Tigray people to assert his authority over the region.
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.
The Ethiopian prime minister is leaving nothing to chance as he plots his path to victory in the general election, which should take place at some point later this year. He is relying in particular on allies with a sound technical grasp of Ethiopia's electoral system and its political landscape.