Ethiopian Reaches Agreement with Soldiers Demanding Pay Rises

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By Abigael Joshua

Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, reached an agreement on Wednesday with several hundred soldiers, who marched on his office to demand pay rises.

They were invited in to see him, state television (ETV) reported.

ETV said the meeting had ended with “an agreement’’, but did not give details of the outcome.

In addition to asking for pay rises, the soldiers asked Ahmed to “review the structure and operations of the military’’.

ETV also reported that the soldiers had been on a mission in Burayu, a town in the Oromiya region that borders the capital Addis Ababa, for the past several weeks following violence along ethnic lines there in September.

The station did not broadcast images of the soldiers marching.

Residents reported that the internet was shut off for nearly three hours on Wednesday afternoon.

ETV said it had been shut off to prevent fake news circulating on social media.

Ahmed, 42, took office in April after several years of unrest forced his predecessor to resign.

He has pledged to reform the security forces and promote multi-party democracy.

These changes are a shock to the system in Ethiopia, a country of more than 100 million people led with an iron fist since the EPRDF coalition that Ahmed belongs to seized power in 1991. (Reuters/NAN)


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