Focus ETHIOPIA Defence Issue dated 22/02/2021

Abiy purged his military high command to prepare for his war against the TPLF

As soon as he arrived in power in 2018, the Ethiopian prime minister announced that he planned to reform the Ethiopian army high command, which he saw as a Tigrayan leadership stronghold. The reform, which was carried out quietly over two years, enabled Abiy to remove officers too closely linked to the Tigray People's Liberation Front. As a result, the high command currently leading the military offensive in Tigray has been largely purged. [...] (1834 words)
Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali.
Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali. ©Annegret Hilse/SVEN SIMON/picture alliance/SvenSimon/Newscom/MaxPPP
As soon as he arrived in power in 2018, the Ethiopian prime minister announced that he planned to reform the Ethiopian army high command, which he saw as a Tigrayan leadership stronghold. The reform, which was carried out quietly over two years, enabled Abiy to remove officers too closely linked to the Tigray People's Liberation Front. As a result, the high command currently leading the military offensive in Tigray has been largely purged. [...] (1834 words)
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