Ethiopia officially labels TPLF a terror group

Ethiopia’s lower house of parliament has approved with a majority vote a resolution by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s cabinet designating the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and the Oromo Liberation Army (OLF-Shene) as terrorist organisations.

The cabinet resolution was on 1 May.

The TPLF – dominant in Ethiopian politics for three decades until 2018,has been fighting with the federal government since November in Tigray state.

Authorities often accuse OLF-Shene of being behind attacks that target ethnic Amhara and other minorities living in the largest Oromia state.

The move comes a month before Ethiopia’s national elections.

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