Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed resists calls for peace talks amid Tigray conflict

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    Ethiopia’s leader has resisted pressure from foreign leaders to begin peace talks, amid a war in the country’s north that has spilled into neighbouring Eritrea. This latest round of fighting threatens to destabilise the entire region. A peace deal between Eritrea and Ethiopia was only signed last year – leading to the Ethiopian prime minister Abiy Ahmed being awarded the Nobel Peace prize. Now government forces are fighting regional next leaders in the northern region of Tigray, which borders Eritrea and Sudan. Hundreds have died in recent weeks. Officials in Tigray say there was a loud explosion in the region’s capital, Mekelle, this morning The fighting has forced hundreds of thousands of people from their homes. ———————– Follow us on Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/Channel4News

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    Eritrea officially the State of Eritrea, is a country in Eastern Africa, with its capital at Asmara. The northeastern and eastern parts of Eritrea have an extensive coastline along the Red Sea. The nation has a total area of approximately 117,600 km2 (45,406 sq mi), and includes the Dahlak Archipelago and several of the Hanish Islands.

    Eritrea is a multi-ethnic country, with nine recognized ethnic groups in its population of around five and a half million. Eritrea has nine national languages which are Tigrinya language, Tigre, Afar, Beja, Bilen, Kunama, Nara, Saho. Most people in the territory adhere to Christianity or Islam, with a small minority adhering to traditional faiths.

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    The Tigray conflict was an armed conflict that began in November 2020 in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia, between Tigray Region special forces led by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), and the Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF) in alliance with Amhara Region special forces.

    The conflict stemmed from the attempt of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to distance the country’s politics from ethnic federalism, a power-sharing system giving regional influence to individual ethnic groups, by merging the ethnic and region-based parties of the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front, which had governed Ethiopia for 30 years, into a nationwide Prosperity Party.

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