The Ethiopian government said on Tuesday that the former speaker of the House of Federation, Keria Ibrahim, who was one of the top officials of Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) has surrendered.
Ibrahim is one of nine executive committee members of TPLF, whose forces have been fighting government troops for the past month.
She served as speaker of the House of Federation, Ethiopia’s upper parliamentary chamber, before resigning in June after the planned August election was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
At the time, Ms Ibrahim accused Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of running a “dictatorial regime” and violating the constitution.
In September TPLF went on and held its local elections, a move that angered the Federal Government.
Mr Ahmed launched a military offensive in Tigray on 4th November, accusing TPLF leaders of treason after its fighters attacked a government military base.
The month-long conflict has killed hundreds and displaced thousands of people.
Despite the PM announcing over the weekend that the military campaign was over and successful, fighting is reportedly still ongoing in parts of Tigray region.
It has been difficult to verify claims from the Federal and Tigray regional governments because communication is heavily hampered.
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