Sources close to diplomats in Addis Ababa say there are political pressures on Abiy Ahmed to leave Ethiopia before the fighting reaches the capital.
The Tigrean Defense Forces have captured strategic towns in the Amhara and Afar regions and are advancing on the capital Addis Ababa. The Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), in collaboration with the Tigray Defense Forces, has also captured key towns in western Amhara and central Oromo. It is said that both OLA and TDF forces are now approaching the country’s capital Addis Ababa without any resistance.
The outgoing Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed yesterday instructed 5 million Addis Ababa residents to register private weapons within two days and take part in defending Addis Ababa.
At a meeting in Addis Ababa yesterday afternoon, the cabinet issued an emergency order in areas under the control of Abi Ahmed’s government. The six-month curfew will be imposed on the country when it is approved by the Ethiopian parliament today.
With the exception of the Amhara and Afar regions, which have been the scene of fighting in the rest of the country, the population welcomes the changes being made by the Tigrean Defense Forces and the Oromo Liberation Army.
The president of the Somali region Mustafe Cagjar is the only person who strongly supports the fight against the Tigrean defense forces and last night he imposed a curfew in Jijiga.