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PM Abiy appoints TPLF’s Getachew to lead Tigray interim govt

Author: Chany Ninrew | Published: Thursday, March 23, 2023

TPLF's Getachew Reda who has been appointed the president of the Tigray region's interim administration PHOTO | LUCY WANJIRU | NMG

The Ethiopian prime minister has appointed Getachew Reda, a senior official in the Tigray People’s Liberation Front as head of the interim government in Tigray following the peace deal signed five months ago.

Dr. Abbiy Ahmed appointed Getachew a day after the federal parliament announced the lifting of the ‘terrorist’ designation on the TPLF movement based in the northern region.

The parliament removed the TPLF from an official list of terrorist organisations, a move it said would help bolster the November 2022 agreement between the rebels and the federal government.

The formation of a transitional government for Tigray and the delisting of the TPLF as a terrorist group were among the key provisions of the peace deal signed in South Africa’s capital Pretoria.

The agreement had stipulated the establishment of an “inclusive” interim regional administration until elections can be held.

The TPLF, which once dominated Ethiopian politics, had been officially designated a terrorist organisation in May 2021, six months after the Tigray war began.

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