Further, the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) announced Sunday that its forces lie 270 kilometers away from the capital, Addis Ababa.
The death of protesters has sparked outrage on social media, which despite a government blackout, was able to document violence against peaceful protestors.
Protests and ethnic violence that erupted in Ethiopia last week following the murder of a popular singer from the Oromo ethnic group have claimed the lives of 239 people.
Protests that have erupted following Haacaaluu Hundeessaa’s death in the Oromia region have killed over 80 people.
Reasons behind Hachalu Hundessa's death are reportedly being investigated by local police authorities.
Last year was an historical one for Ethiopian politics. Most Ethiopians now feel hopeful about the prospect of peace and democratic progress.
Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia are set to commence a new round of negotiations on Friday to settle the lengthy dispute over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.
Ethiopia appointed its first Oromo prime minister, in a first in the modern history of the African country.