Since Ethiopia’s government launched a military offensive on the northern Tigray region in November, a new conflict is ensuing over land rights with activists and politicians accusing the Tigray People’s Liberation Front of annexing land in the region historically administered by ethnic Amharas. William Davison, Ethiopia analyst for the International Crisis Group, described what’s happening in western and southern Tigray as “unconstitutional de facto annexations” that “set a destabilising precedent for the federation”, while some officials who were installed following the recent conflict have made it clear they want nothing to do with Tigray, raising the possibility of future conflict over the land.
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