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U.S. government voices  “deep concern” over extension of state of emergency 

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U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa (photo: PD/file)

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Toronto – If the United States is saying what it means, Abiy Ahmed’s administration extension of the state of emergency in the Amhara region of Ethiopia did not seem to get a nod from the United States. 

An infographic message shared on the X (formerly Twitter )  page of the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa – and it was attributed to Ambassador Ervin Massinga – expressed “deep concern” over the “renewal” of the state of emergency. 

“As a longstanding friend of Ethiopia, we are deeply concerned with the renewal of the state of emergency. Dialogue is the only way to resolve the complex political and security issues, including in Amhara and Oromia. We stand ready to support. Ervin Massinga, United States Ambassador to the Federal Democratic Republic Of Ethiopia,” the statement said. 

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The message on X (formerly Twitter)

Given the leverage, even what appears to be control, it has over Abiy Ahmed’s administration, it is questionable, to say the least, if the Ethiopian government would resolve to extend the state of emergency for another four months. 

In a letter , released on January 29 this year, to the Ethiopian People, the Ambassador stated that his country, via USAID, spent US $484 million in 2023 funding 24 new programs “to promote democracy and governance, create economic opportunities for Ethiopian citizens, improve health outcomes, and strengthen resilience throughout Ethiopia.” 

Had there not been a  framework of the United States tacit support within which Abiy Ahmed’s government operates, an outright slaughter of hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians by Abiy Ahmed’s forces would have caused a serious policy response from the United States government. 

The extension of the state of emergency came just a few days after Federal government troops executed over 100 ethnic Amharas in Merawi town, Amhara region of Ethiopia. The United States is yet to condemn the latest string of civilian massacre. 

The Ethiopian Parliament – to many Ethiopians it sounds like a rubber stamp of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s administration – on Friday extended the state of emergency in the Amhara region of Ethiopia. The Minister for Justice, Gedion Timotheos, appeared in the parliament to elaborate – apparently more of for formality reasons – why the extension is needed.  Among the reasons that necessitated the extension are “unfinished works”  in the region and  “security threats” in other regions. Only two parliamentarians opposed it and three abstained. Before extending the state of emergency, the Ethiopian government has been making repeated claims that it has restored normalcy in the Amhara region and Universities were ordered to resume classes. In reality, local reports indicate that more than 70 percent of the Amhara region of Ethiopia is under  the control of Fano forces. There are omens that Fano forces are operating within less than thirty kilometers of range from the regional capital Bahir Dar. 

Abiy Ahmed’s government has been ignoring calls for peaceful negotiation to resolve the conflict in the Amhara region of Ethiopia while it has been engaging in talks with militant groups operating in the Oromia region of Ethiopia. 

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1 COMMENT

  1. I share the concern. Extension of the state of emergency means further deaths and destruction for much ado about nothing. When will we learn from so many both Mother Nature’s and man-made calamities we had to go through since 1974? Just recently during the two year stupid war from 2020 to 2022 we lost close to a million citizens and no one is held accountable for the senseless death and destruction. In my book I’m holding all factions responsible for that. It was in Tigray then and now it is the turn of Amhara and Oromia regions. I am holding all factions responsible for the deaths and destruction happening in these two regions now and henceforth. This renders me utterly devastated and guides me to seek refuge in The Almighty Our Creator, The Merciful!!! Let’s all get down on our knees and pray for that gem of humanity.

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