TPLF split over potential invasion of Eritrea

By Africa Intelligence 

According to Government sources, opinions within the ruling Coalition Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) are divided about the possibility of an intervention in Eritrea – evidenced by the contradictions between Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, and the spokesman for the government, Getachew Reda.

Speaking to parliament on 7 July, Desalegn stated that if Eritrea did not cease its destabilising activity, Ethiopia would be obliged to take direct measures against its northerly neighbour.

The previous day, the government spokesman, who opposes intervening in Eritrea, had denied reports on Ethiopian Satellite Television (ESAT)concerning military operations against government troops in Tigray (northern Ethiopia) carried out in early July by July by combatants of an armed opposition movement backed by Eritrea, Arbegnoch Ginbot 7 for Unity and Democratic Movement (AGUDM).