HC Deb 08 November 1916 vol 87 c172

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has any information as to the recent fighting in Abyssinia; and whether he can make a statement to the House as to the present position of affairs in that country?


On the 27th October a battle took place near Ankober, about twenty-five miles north-east of Adis Ababa, between the troops of the new Government and an army under the command of Ras Mikhail, father of the deposed Prince Lij Yasu, who had espoused the latter's cause, and was marching on the capital at the head of about 30,000 men of the Wollo tribe. According to the reports that have reached us, this battle resulted in the defeat of Ras Mikhail's forces and the capture of him. No other serious fighting has been reported. With respect to the latter part of the hon. Member's question, His Majesty's Minister at Adis Ababa has reported that the revolution may be regarded as completely successful. The new Government having established their authority. His Majesty's Minister and the representatives of the Allied Powers at Adis Ababa have been authorised to accord recognition.