Addis Ababa – Ethiopian lawmakers have announced that the federal government will no longer interact with Tigray regional leaders.
This follows the northern region holding its own election for the Tigray parliament in September despite the federal government and electoral board announcing the postponement of all elections.
Official of the ruling party in the region, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) subsequently said they do not recognize the federal government.
According to a statement aired on Tuesday night by the state-run Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation, the House of Federation “decided the federal government should sever any kind of relationship with the Tigray regional state assembly and the region’s highest executive body”.
The federal government will however continue providing “basic services” to people in the region through local institutions.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government has not responded to the statement.
Ethiopia’s delayed elections will be held by September next year.