Redwan Hussein, the voice of Addis during Tigray conflict
The central government's state of emergency spokesman is a defector from the former administration dominated by Tigray officials who is well versed in crisis propaganda.
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.
With negotiations on the huge dam on the Nile about to resume, Ethiopian Foreign Minister Gedu Andargachew is taking advantage of discussions on Ethiopia's much praised handling of the Covid-19 pandemic to convince potential allies of the well-foundedness of its position on the dam project.