ADIS ABABA, Nov 13 (Reuters) – The African Union has fired its security chief, an Ethiopian national, after the Ethiopian government accused him of disloyalty to the country amid a conflict with a troubled region that threatens to destabilize the Horn of Africa.
The bloc’s cabinet, Musa Faki Mahamat, ordered the dismissal of Gabriegzieber Mebrato Meleze in a November 11 memo reviewed by Reuters. The order followed a November 10th letter from the Ethiopian Ministry of Defense. An African Union official has confirmed the authenticity of the two letters to Reuters.
Airstrikes and ground fighting between Ethiopian troops and local forces in the Tigris region have killed hundreds, sent refugees to flood Sudan and stirred up Ethiopia’s ethnic divisions. (Report by ululia Paravicini, written by Maggie Fick Edited by Christian Schmolinger)
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