Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is accusing some unnamed powerful countries of waging a campaign against Ethiopia, the state-owned Ethiopian News Agency (ENA) is reporting.
Mr Abiy says he will not allow the delayed general election to be used “to fulfil the interest of external forces”.
“Countries with strong economy or other entities are in a campaign against Ethiopia with the [aim being] to decide how Ethiopians should live,” Mr Abiy was quoted as saying,” ENA quoted Abiy as saying while inaugurating an industrial park in Afar Regional State.
“The election will be decided by Ethiopia and Ethiopians only, not to fulfil the interest of external forces.”
He added that “Ethiopians have never fallen under any forces and will never fall”.
Ethiopia has come under pressure from the US and European Union over alleged human rights abuses and the humanitarian crisis in the northern Tigray region, where federal forces ousted the rebellious former regional governing party, Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), in November 2020.