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22 Jun 2019 | 07:54 PM UTC

Ethiopia: Failed coup attempt against Amhara region head June 22

Ethiopia News Alert

Failed coup d’état attempt against head of Amhara regional government June 22; gunfire reported in Bahir Dar

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/22/2019, 12:00 AM until 6/23/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Addis_Ababa). COUNTRY/REGION Bahir Dar

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Event

A coup d'état attempt failed to oust Amhara region government head Ambachew Mekonnen in Bahir Dar on Saturday, June 22. The coup attempt comes amid heightened political tensions and unrest in the country as Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed attempts to push political reforms. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the coup attempt.

Gunfire has been reported in Bahir Dar and clashes were ongoing in the regional capital as of Saturday evening (local time). A heightened security presence and sporadic gunfire are to be expected in Bahir Dar over the coming hours. Demonstrations are possible over the incident over the near term.

Advice

Individuals in Bahir Dar are advised to monitor developments, refrain from nonessential movement, avoid all large public gatherings, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.

 

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