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Addis Ababa (Ethiopia Today), April 16, 2023 Ethiopian National Defense Forces, Chief of Staff Field Marshall Berhanu Jula announced the end of regional special forces, “as of yesterday, state media reported.
Field Marshall Berhanu proclaimed this at a review session of the regional special forces reorganization process into federal and regional security institutions, which was attended by members of the defense general staff, federal police, and regional officials.
The work of transporting regional special forces to their assigned places and putting them into training based on their choices for reintegration will start.
Ethiopia’s security structure will therefore consist of the national defense, federal police, and regional police, and there will be no force that accepts missions or duties from a chain of command under regional special forces, the report further said.
The Field Marshal, who attended the forum, added that with the reorganization of the regional special forces, “a strong national security institution will be built” and that Ethiopia will be able to quickly come out of the security crisis it is in.
The chief also said that the illegitimacy of the organization of regional special forces, the perception of each other as a threat between the regions, and the tendency to solve problems by force necessitated the reorganization to change the security structure of regional forces.