Casablanca (ADV) – On Saturday, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed broke a week-long silence to announce that the violence perpetrated in the Somali regional state last weekend is now under control.
Speaking to reporters, Ahmed said the region is returning to normal with the help of the federal government and officials from the regional administration.
He added that talks are ongoing between his government and regional state officials to prevent the resumption of violence that has left a number of dead and wounded unrevealed.
Several cities in the regional state have been the scene of deadly violence last weekend after soldiers were dispatched to Jijiga, the capital of the Somali regional state, on 4 August to arrest senior officials, including President of the Regional State, Abdi Omar Mohammed.
The military intervention took place as tensions intensified between the federal government and the regional state president over allegations of serious human rights violations in the administration of Mr. Mohammed.
A high-level delegation from the regional state, led by Mr. Mohammed, is currently in Addis Ababa to meet with federal government officials and try to resolve the crisis.
© Bur-csa – ADV