Ethiopia, in the Midst of a Political Crisis, Foils Coup Attempt
Ethiopiaâ€™s government foiled a coup attempt that killed several senior government officials, including its military chief, underlining the deep challenges facing Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed as he launches a sweeping, but controversial, reform program.
Mr. Ahmed appeared on state television wearing army fatigues to confirm a coup attempt had been thwarted. The U.S. Embassy said on Saturday night that it was aware of reports of gunfire in Addis Ababa but on Sunday the capital seemed calm. The internet, switched off shortly after the coup began, remained offline.
A Ethiopian government spokesman said rebel gunmen launched a coordinated assault shortly after 9 p.m. local time on Saturday, killing army chief Gen. Seare Mekonnen, who was working to quash the coup from his office in Addis Ababa, and Ambachew Mekonnen, the governor of the regional state of Amhara....