Ethiopia: TPLF criticises peace offer to Eritrea

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Ethiopian political party the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) has criticised the government’s decision to accept a 2002 border ruling that would cede disputed territory to neighbouring Eritrea.

In a statement released earlier this week, the TPLF says the government’s decision to fully accept the Ethiopia-Eritrea Algiers Agreement, including the border ruling issued by a UN-backed border commission, has “fundamental flaws”.

TPLF criticises Ethiopia’s peace efforts

The Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front is the oldest member of Ethiopia’s ruling coalition and the majority seat holder within the government. It has a history of clashing with fellow coalition member party, the Oromo People’s Democratic Organisation (OPDO), of which Ethiopia’s new prime minister Abiye Ahmed is the chairman.

Abiye’s rise to power in the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) coalition inspired new hopes for political change in the country and his move to seek peace with Eritrea is a major shift in policy, following a 16-year period of the EPRDF refusing to accept the border ruling defined by the Ethiopia-Eritrea Algiers Agreement.

However, the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front has criticised the move and the government’s decision to privatise a range of state-owned enterprises across various industries. The TPLF says the decisions on Eritrea and the government fail to address a number of key challenges facing Ethiopia and its reforming government while criticising the move to make both decisions public without first getting consent from all 180 EPRDF council members.

The TPLF has also called for an end to new appointments being made within the government, which it claims is a lack of consideration to veteran members of the party.

Featured image: By Skilla1st – Own work using: Eritrea location map.svg by NordNordWest, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=25055977

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