Ethiopian Prime Minister Has Joined the Battle Front, Promised to Lead His Country’s Army

After Tigrayan rebels vowed to march on Addis Ababa, Abiy Ahmed promised on Tuesday to lead his country’s army “from the battlefront.”

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has reportedly gone to the front lines to join his troops in combat against forces from the northern Tigray area, according to state-run media.

In Abiy’s absence, Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen Hassen would be in charge of normal government business, according to the Fana news site.

Other prominent government officials have also joined the campaign in response to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s demand to save Ethiopia, he added.

Abiy, a 45-year-old former soldier and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, has not been photographed at the battlefront, according to state media. The administration has not revealed his whereabouts, but a spokeswoman said he arrived at the front on Tuesday with other senior officials who had responded to the call to “rescue Ethiopia.”

“The time has come to lead the country through sacrifice,” Abiy wrote late Monday on Twitter. “Rise up for your nation today if you want to be among the Ethiopian youngsters who will be remembered by history.” Let’s meet in the front lines.”

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