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Analysts Unsure Why General Killed Amhara Region President

As Ethiopia observed a national day of mourning following what the Prime Minister's office called an attempted regional coup in one of its regions, questions remain about the alleged mastermind of the attack and his motives.On Monday, state media announced that Brigadier General Asaminew Tsige was captured and killed in Zenzelima in the country’s Amhara region.  Security forces shot the general dead as he tried to escape, state media reported.Brig. Gen. Asaminew is well known in the country. He had a strong following among the Amhara ethnic group and had been serving as head of the Peace and Security Bureau of the Amhara region in the country’s north.The Ethiopian federal government has accused him of plotting attacks that killed the president of Amhara state, an adviser and the state attorney general in the regional capital, Bahir Dar, on Saturday.In a separate, but related attack according to the Prime Minister’s office, Ethiopia’s Army Chief of Staff Seare Mekonnen was killed by his bodyguard in Addis Ababa, 500 kilometers away.በወቅታዊ ሁኔታዎች ላይ የተሰጠ ዝርዝር ጋዜጣዊ መግለጫ::Press release regarding current issues. #PMOEthiopiapic.twitter.com/dSEC2qx0EE— Office of the Prime Minister - Ethiopia (@PMEthiopia) June 23, 2019In an interview with VOA, Zecharias Zelalem, an Ethiopian journalist who writes about and studies the country, said Asaminew has a long and complicated history. In 2009 he was arrested by security forces under then-Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and accused of plotting a coup. He was one of about 20 military officers arrested and was sentenced to life in prison.His sentence was later commuted and, earlier this year, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed restored his military pension and allowed him to work in the government.Although Zecharias said there was a rift between Asaminew and the government in recent months, nothing foretold the dramatic and violent actions that unfolded Saturday. In fact, Zecharias... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Analysts Unsure Why General Killed Amhara Region President, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Analysts Unsure Why General Killed Amhara Region President

 

 

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