The attempted coup last Sunday in this region of northern Ethiopia has resulted in the death of the chief of staff, Seare Mekonnen, the president of the region, Ambachew Mekonnen, their respective advisors, generals Gezai Abera and Ezez Wassie, and Amhara region's attorney general, Megharu Kebede.

The Spanish Government regrets the passing of these senior political leaders and military leaders and conveys its sincere condolences to the families of the deceased, the Government and the people of Ethiopia.

Spain reiterates its strongest opposition to any change of government by violent means and urges the parties to restore constitutional normality, avoiding any action that threatens the peace and stability of the country. At the same time, Spain trusts that those responsible for these despicable acts will be brought before the Court as soon as possible.

In the face of the present challenges, the Government of Spain reiterates its solidarity with the Ethiopian people and its willingness to support the Government of Ethiopia on the path of reforms and democratization initiated by the Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed.

Spain hopes that these dramatic events will serve to reinforce the unity of the Army and the support of all political forces, social actors and regional leaders to the Government's efforts to achieve political stability in Ethiopia to guarantee the holding of the May elections. 2020 in a climate of peace and social stability.



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