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Amhara regional state president calls for Federal gov’t intervention

Amhara region security _ yilkal


Yilkal Kefale, Amhara regional state president, wrote a letter to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed asking for federal government intervention in the region. The Ethiopian News Agency, state-owned media, has confirmed the report. However, Amhara regional state media, AMC, has not yet reported about it. 

The one-paragraph letter to the Prime Minister in Amharic said ” Security disruption that the Amhara regional state is experiencing is [causing ] serious humanitarian, social and economic affairs, and it has become difficult to control the situation with regular law enforcement. We ask that the FDRE government provide the necessary legal framework and we ask the FDRE government to take necessary measures in accordance with the constitution.” 

The letter came just a day after Yilkal Kefale made calls for members of FANO, whom the government is accusing of operating under FANO name when they are not FANO, to resort to dialogue and peaceful means of pursuing their demands. 

The Federal government’s communications affairs ministry or the office of the Prime Minister have not yet reacted to the alleged call from Amhara regional state president. 

Although the formal request from Yilkal Kefale to the Federal government for intervention in the region came on Thursday, it has been several weeks, if not months, since the Defense Force was deployed to different parts of the region. 

Reports from international and local media indicate that the situation in the Amhara region is concerning and there are fears that it could go out of control. The call for peaceful negotiation is getting stronger. 

Two days ago, the Defense Force released statement-making claims that the situation in the region is made to appear bigger in the media than it actually is on the ground. 

Ethiopian Airlines has suspended flights to Gondar due to a reported exchange of fire between FANO and government security forces deployed in the region. Ethiopian Airlines Plane that was heading to Lalibela was returned back without landing, according to sources. 

FANO was a strong ally of the Ethiopian Defense Force during the two years war between the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and the Federal government. 

At some point, Amhara regional state and the federal government legitimized FANO  to actively take part in the war against the TPLF and arm themselves with weapons they got from battle fronts. 

Now, the Abiy Ahmed-led Prosperity party government is attempting to disarm Fano while forging what looks like an alliance with the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). 

According to local media outlets, people in the Amhara region seem to be standing in support of the FANO. 


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  1. This is very sad news. It seems we don’t learn from others in our own country. Senseless violence and destruction have refused to let that gem of the colored go. They don’t seem ready to leave that country alone. Just imagine the inevitable if this spotty face-off gets out of hand into an all out region wide conflict. In previous similar conflict it took place in a region of a much smaller size. It is reported that close to a million citizens had perished in a region of less than 6.5 million people. The population in Amhara region is close to 30 million.

    Take the casualty of a million in a region with 6.5 million people and extrapolate that in a region of close to 30 million. That is not something I want to dwell on it. For those of you who get high fanning the flames of war from your comfy homes here among our Diaspora, don’t think this is a laughing matter. It is not funny, okay! You must be ashamed of yourselves!!!

    There is another one that has been raging in the western part of Oromia that has not been getting the attention of the West and its media. That one worries me even more. Even though we hear a lot of exaggerated ‘feats’ of so-called OLA what I’m getting from my relatives is the group is not a cohesive one. By one estimate there are at least 8 factions of armed vagabonds roaming that region. Each has its own sub leaders and operation style. Some of them are outright robbers and at will murderers. Their main source of revenue is ransom they are remunerated by those they kidnap. They are now confined in rural areas where law enforcement is thin. But it is a matter of time before they barge into large towns and cities. Then you will see the two backbones of the country, Amhara and Oromia regions, going belly up at the same time. That is the dreaded scenario depriving me sleep for quite some time now. May Our Creator Save That Blessed Country; So that country which produced Bilal ibn Rabah and Mary Magdalene who saved both major religions of that country and the world Shall not perish.

  2. Those Amharas who do not want to serve their people and are used as Abiy Ahmed”s tools must step down. They are one of the cause of rAmhara sufferings

    Amhara people do not want loyal servant of the OLF savage Abiy Ahmed responsible for Wollga Amhara Massacre, millions displacement. Kidnapping and lootings.

  3. QUOTE: Amhara regional state president calls for Federal gov’t intervention UNQUOTE , borkena.com, August 3, 2023

    Who ever thought that ——————–never mind.
    Let us hope that ETHIOPIA find its way to its original nature— glaringly admirable by other countries in our dear Africa and outside.
    Is that too much to ask?


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