The pathetic squabbles inside the TPLF are putting the ruling EPRDF coalition into danger. A group of mediators is trying to find an agreement between the movement’s two rival factions: the Mekele group under Abay Woldu and the Addis Ababa faction under Deputy PM Debretsion Gebremichael. The mission was attributed to Abaye Tsehaye, one of the party’s founder members who was retired from the central committee under the plan to rejuvenate the top executive. The group’s aim is to reach an agreement in the near future to form a regional cabinet. It has already entered discussions in Addis Ababa with certain members of the central committee and is to do likewise with the Mekele big-wigs. During the party’s 12th convention in August, the rivalry between the two factions was so strong that military leaders had to intervene, with General Mohamed Nur Yunus aka Samora in the lead, so that the internal elections could go ahead and eventually re-elect Abay Woldu. Since then, the rivalry is still in full swing and no new meeting of the central committee has been scheduled after the skirmishes between the party’s two opposing wings in early September during the first new central committee’s new first meeting.