Ethiopia Says Coup Attempt Against Leader of Amhara State Failed

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Ethiopia Says Coup Attempt Against Leader of Amhara State Failed
Ethiopia Says Coup Attempt Against Leader of Amhara State Failed

Ethiopian officials say efforts are under way to apprehend the coup plotters, who attempted to oust Ambachew Mekonnen, the regional government head in Amhara, north of the capital Addis Ababa. Ethiopia said there was a failed coup attempt against the head of one of the country’s nine regional states on Saturday, underscoring the challenges facing the new prime minister as he tries to spearhead political reforms amid widespread unrest.

“There was an organised coup attempt in Bahir Dar but it failed,” Negussu Tilahun, spokesman for Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, told state TV on Saturday, referring to the regional capital of Amhara state. He said efforts were under way to apprehend the coup plotters, who he said attempted to oust Ambachew Mekonnen, the regional government head in Amhara, north of the capital Addis Ababa. It was unclear who might be behind the unrest, and no group had publicly claimed responsibility. Later in the evening, Abiy took to national television dressed in military fatigues, and said that army chief Seare Mekonnen had been shot, an AFP correspondent said.

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