Ethiopia pardons several detained TPLF, opposition figures

The Ethiopian government said on Friday it would pardon and release a number of detained politicians, including members of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), in a bid to promote national dialogue and unity.

“Its aim is to pave the way for a lasting solution to Ethiopia’s problems in a peaceful and non-violent manner,” the government communications department said in a statement.

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It listed several leading members of the TPLF, which has been locked in a brutal conflict with government forces in northern Ethiopia since November 2020, as well as prominent opposition leaders from the Oromo and Amhara ethnic groups.

It was not immediately clear how many of those who had received amnesty had already been released.

However, Balderas for Genuine Democracy earlier announced the release of its founder Eskinder Nega, an Amhara opposition figure who was among those appointed by the government.

The announcement came after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed issued a statement calling for “national reconciliation” as Ethiopia celebrated Orthodox Christmas.

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