Allied forces warring against Ethiopia's cardinal authorities accidental they're "weeks to months" distant from entering Addis Ababa, claiming that they are present successful power of a municipality astir 160 kilometers (99 miles) from the superior city.
That timeline is an estimation based connected the existent velocity of the propulsion south, a spokesperson Oromo Liberation Army (OLA), a rebel radical warring for the rights of radical from Oromia, Ethiopia's astir populous region, told CNN connected Thursday.
"We've not seen immoderate signs of slowing down erstwhile it comes to our advances oregon the advances of our allies," Odaa Tarbii said.
The OLA, on with different allied groups, person said that moving connected Addis Ababa is not their main objective. Instead, the OLA said it is calling for Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to beryllium removed, a transitional league established and, ultimately, to clasp what Odaa described arsenic a "truly antiauthoritarian election" inclusive of each voices and stakeholders.
The question of entering the superior metropolis is "purely based connected what happens if it comes to negotiations," with the national government, Odaa said, adding that the radical hopes to debar a nonstop subject struggle successful the densely populated city.
Oda said that the closest country the associated forces held was the town Gerba Guracha, 160km northbound of the superior and that it was a misconception that the group's operations successful towns adjacent the superior meant it was successful power of those areas. "That is not the case," helium added.
In caller weeks, the OLA and TPLF claimed to person had seized Dessie and Kombolcha, 2 cardinal towns connected the roadworthy to Addis Ababa.
The municipality of Laga Tafo, astir 25km (15 miles) from the capital, is "not successful our control," Odaa clarified to CNN.
OLA has astir 2,000 fighters from a mobile commando portion successful the agrarian areas successful the vicinity of the municipality and an further 400 fighters from the Oromo Special Forces that defected and joined OLA connected Wednesday, Odaa said.