Gedu Andargachew has been under government imposed mobility restrictions ( even house arrest) after he opposed the introduction of State of Emergency in the Amhara region of Ethiopia
There are reports that Ethiopia’s Former Foreign Affairs Minister and later National Security Advisor to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, Gedu Andargachew, Surreptitiously left for Belgium.
Ethiopian News sources who claim to have links to authorities in the country reported that Gedu had to use a personal, not a diplomatic passport, and there was an apparent arrangement to bypass the immigration exit visa section at Bole International Airport. However, it is not confirmed by other news sources.
Borkena reached out to Gedu Andargachew via e-mail to confirm the news but has not yet received a response.
He was heckled in the Ethiopian parliament in August 2023 when he was explaining why a military action in the Amhara region would not resolve the problem of legitimacy crisis for the ruling party. Initially, Abiy Ahmed’s government planned to complete the military operation in the region, as it was stated, within two weeks. However, the six-month term of the state of emergency elapsed before the government achieved its stated objective: “disarming Fano” and “restoring normalcy in the region.” Neither Fano was disarmed nor “peace” was restored in the region after six months. Last Friday, the Ethiopian parliament – which is seen as a rubber stamp of Abiy Ahmed’s government – extended the state of emergency for another four months.
Gedu Andargachew has served as president of the Amhara region of Ethiopia for a long time. He was also an influential member of the team that enabled Abiy Ahmed to capture state power through subtle political machinations within the now-defunct Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front *EPRDF) party.
After Abiy Ahmed fired Gedu Andargachew from party position and a role of national security advisor, he has been serving as Chairperson of Board of Directors Tseday Bank. Reports indicated that Gedu was not allowed to leave Ethiopia for works related to his role as Board chairman of the Bank.
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