In what the government described as a coup led by regional security chief Asaminew Tsige, Amhara
president Am- bachew Mekonnen was killed.
Little aid they know, but at that very moment, a convoy of Asamnew loyalists were advancing toward them through the attractively sun-kissed and palm tree-lined streets of Bahir Dar, Amhara
's capital, after Asamnew had somehow got wind of the plan.
The same day, a bodyguard allied to the Amhara
nationalist factions also assassinated General Se'are Mekonnen, the Chief of the General Staff of the Ethiopian National Defence Force, together with his aide, Major General Gizae Aberra.The assassinations and the killing of the mastermind of the coup, Brigadier General Asaminew Tsige, signalled the end of Abiy's honeymoon.
Ethnic federalism has reinforced the power struggle between the Big Three - Tigrinya, Amhara
Asaminew had a reputation for hardline ethnic nationalism and had previously called for the Amhara
people to have greater autonomy.
Since its founding last year, NAMA has emerged as a rival to the Amhara
party in the ruling coalition, which has held power in Ethiopia since 1991.
"We are still investigating but we have our suspicion that those attackers might be the same people who were involved in the coup in Amhara
region," he said.
On Saturday, a coup attempt against Amhara
regional state government failed, Ethiopian prime minister said on Sunday.
Ethiopian forces had been hunting down Mr Asamnew since soldiers loyal to him on Saturday attacked a meeting of the Amhara
government, killing the regional governor and his adviser.
Abiy In a related development, the head of Ethiopia's military was shot dead in the capital Addis Ababa, not long after the attack in Amhara
state president Ambachew Mekonnen and his adviser were shot dead and the state's attorney general was wounded in Amhara
's capital of Bahir Dar on Saturday evening, according to a statement from the office of PM Abiy Ahmed.
ADDIS ABABA -- The president of Ethiopia's Amhara
region and his top adviser were killed in an attempted coup in which the country's army chief was also shot dead, the office of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said.