In what said to be a manifestation of defeat of Abay Woldu faction within TPLF, Meles Zenawi’s widow Azeb Mesfin is removed as head of EFFORT investments – the ruling Tigray People’s Liberation Front business conglomerate with virtual monopolistic status in the country. The giant TPLF parastatal is worth well over $6 billion.
Azeb Mesfin was also removed from the nine member executive committee of TPLF when the party concluded months long internal evaluation in December of 2017. Abay Woldu, who was chairman of TPLF and president of Tigray regional state, was also removed from the executive committee of the TPLF on grounds of incompetence only to be appointed as Ethiopia’s Ambassador in London.
There has been a rumor for many months now that the TPLF might put Azeb Mesfin behind bar in connection with corruption scandal.
In a related development, former TPLF’s strongman who fallout with the late Meles Zenawi and who is now working for the United Nations agency, Siye Abraham, is reportedly in Ethiopia. ESAT reported he traveled to Ethiopia about two weeks ago to inaugurate a school named after his brother who is allegedly killed during colonel Mengistu’s administration. The report added that Siye met with his former TPLF colleagues like General Tsadkan Gebretinsae and Abebe Teklehaymanot.
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