Ethiopia's army chief of staff has been shot, the prime minister's press secretary said on Sunday, hours after a failed coup attempt was reported in a federal state north of the capital. It was unclear whether General Seare Mekonnen had been killed or wounded, the press aide, Billene Seyoum, told Reuters.
On Saturday, the government said there had been a failed coup attempt against the head of regional government in Amhara, one of Ethiopia's nine federal states. The developments underscore the challenges facing Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, as he tries to spearhead political reforms amid widespread unrest in the Horn of Africa nation of 100 million people. Appearing on state TV late on Saturday, Abiy said some of the officials of the Amhara government were in a meeting when a coup attempt occurred.
Since coming to power in April last year, Abiy has pushed to open up the once isolated, security-obsessed country.
His government has released political prisoners, removed bans on political parties and prosecuted officials accused of gross human rights abuses.
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