PM Abiy dismisses pressure from super powers to release Sebhat, others

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed dismissed speculations that the government was compelled by foreign super powers especially by the United States to release political prisoners including Sebehat Nega, founder of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).

In a special event organized for visiting Ethiopian Diaspora at the national palace, Abiy said his government faced no external pressure to set free TPLF leaders.

Ethiopians, however, continue to express resentment over Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s decision to release Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) leaders who are accused of leading several atrocities across the country.

According to the premier, every decision that his government makes is based on three key principles: sovereignty of Ethiopia, national interest and the dignity of Ethiopia.

He claimed his government will not accept anything, in its diplomatic and political dealings with “donor countries” , if any one of those principles are missing.

“Trust me the government’s decision is in the best interest of the country,” he said.

Meanwhile, Kombolcha Industrial Park has resumed operation, its CEO announced in Tuesday.

Authorities say the industrial park was one of the targets of the TPLF troops’ attack during their occupation of Kombolcha town until Dec 6, 2021. 

The park opted for a low-profile restart at its 75 hectares complex whose facilities and infrastructures were looted and destroyed by the TPLF forces.