Ethiopia crisis deepens as nine groups form anti-government alliance

A view of the skyline in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, is pictured on November 3.
A view of the horizon in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, is envisioned on November 3. (Tiksa Negeri/Reuters)

Allied forces battling versus Ethiopia’s main federal government state they’re “weeks to months” far from going into Addis Ababa, declaring that they are now in control of a town about 160 kilometers (99 miles) from the capital city.

That timeline is a price quote based upon the existing speed of the push south, a representative Oromo Freedom Army (OLA), a rebel group defending the rights of individuals from Oromia, Ethiopia’s most populated area, informed CNN on Thursday.

“We’ve not seen any signs of slowing down when it comes to our advances or the advances of our allies,” Odaa Tarbii stated.

The OLA, along with other allied groups, have actually stated that proceeding Addis Ababa is not their primary goal. Rather, the OLA stated it is requiring Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to be eliminated, a transitional conference developed and, eventually, to hold what Odaa referred to as a “truly democratic election” inclusive of all voices and stakeholders.

The concern of going into the capital city is “purely based on what happens if it comes to negotiations,” with the federal government, Odaa stated, including that the group wants to prevent a direct military dispute in the largely inhabited city.

Oda stated that the closest location the joint forces held was the town Gerba Guracha, 160km north of the capital which it was a misunderstanding that the group’s operations in the areas near the capital suggested it was in control of those locations. “That is not the case,” he included.

In current weeks, the OLA and TPLF declared to have actually had taken Dessie and Kombolcha, 2 essential towns on the roadway to Addis Ababa.

The town of Laga Tafo, roughly 25km (15 miles) from the capital, is “not in our control,” Odaa clarified to CNN.

OLA has about 2,000 fighters from a mobile task force system in the backwoods in the area of the town and an extra 400 fighters from the Oromo Unique Forces that defected and signed up with OLA on Wednesday, Odaa stated.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.