Ethiopia appoints senior TPLF official as head of Tigray Interim gov’t

Ethiopia appoints senior TPLF official as head of Tigray Interim gov’t

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Thursday appointed a senior official in the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) as head of an interim government for Tigray after a peace deal ended a brutal two-year conflict.

“Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has appointed Getachew Reda as president of the Tigray region’s interim administration,” Abiy’s office said in a statement posted on Twitter.

The announcement comes just a day after parliament removed the TPLF from an official list of terrorist organisations, a move it said would help bolster the November 2022 agreement between the rebels and the federal government.

Getachew, an adviser to Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) leader Debritsión Gebremichael, previously served as communications minister in the federal government under Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, who ruled from 2012 to 2018.

Under the terms of the peace deal signed in November in South Africa’s capital Pretoria, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front agreed to disarm in exchange for regaining access to Tigray, which was largely cut off from the outside world during the war.