Ethiopian PM reaches agreement with soldiers demanding pay rises

12 Octobre, 2018, 13:28 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Ethiopia's prime minister Abiy Ahmed attends a rally during his visit to Ambo in the Oromiya region. Reuters

Ethiopia's prime minister has done press-ups with dozens of protesting soldiers, who marched with guns into his office in the capital, Addis Ababa.

State television (ETV) had earlier reported that the meeting had ended with "an agreement", but did not give details of the outcome.

In addition to asking for pay rises, the soldiers also requested that Abiy "review the structure and operations of the military".

The internet was shut down across Addis Ababa for hours after the troops, who appeared unarmed, arrived at Mr Abiy's compound close to parliament in the city centre.

Picked as prime minister by the ruling Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), Mr Abiy has pursued aggressive reforms since taking office.

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"They said they bled and died for their country but that they were seen as enemy soldiers".

"Members of the army claimed that officers at various levels could not address their grievances about the low allowances and benefits they receive", ENA said, adding they had gone "to appeal to Abiy Ahmed" directly. "Unless the public supported them, they said they would continue to struggle".

ETV did not broadcast images of the soldiers marching. Residents reported that the internet was shut off for almost three hours on Wednesday afternoon.

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

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