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Armed groups in Oromia Region of Ethiopia are disrupting the region’s peace – Oromia State statement

It is to be recalled that following Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's appointment exiled armed opposition parties came back to Ethiopia. One of the major parties amongst them is the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF). There has been a controversy about the party not disarming even after coming home pledging to participate in peaceful political activities. And, the disagreements have created instability in the Oromia region. In a press release that was held today, the Oromia Region government addressed the issue of the unrest in the region. In the statement, it was said that there are militia groups operating in Oromia whose main goal is to create disruption in the region. The state also held different groups accountable for the conflicts in the Western Gujii zone and sincerely requested everyone to assist the government in keeping the peace. The western zone of Oromia has been rocked with violence for the past weeks which led to deaths of civilians.