Ethiopia said that Abiy was on the front line of the war and handed over duties to his deputy

The Ethiopian government stated that as hostile fighters approached the capital Addis Ababa, Prime Minister Abi Ahmed had gone to the front to take charge of the year’s war and left the daily tasks of managing the country to his deputy.

Nairobi, Kenya-The Ethiopian government said on Wednesday that as hostile fighters approached the capital Addis Ababa, Prime Minister Abi Ahmed had gone to the front to take charge of a year of war and left the daily tasks of managing the country to His deputy.

The 45-year-old prime minister, Nobel Peace Prize winner and former soldier arrived on the front lines on Tuesday. Government spokesman Legesse Tulu told reporters that he did not provide a specific location and the official media did not show his photos. Legesse said that Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen is dealing with daily government activities.

The war in the second most populous country in Africa has killed an estimated tens of thousands of people. Countries such as France, Germany, and Turkey have notified their citizens to leave immediately because hostile fighters in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia are advancing.

US special envoy Jeffrey Feltman told reporters on Tuesday that he fears that the “new” progress in mediation efforts with the warring parties may be surpassed by “shocking” military developments. Before Abi took office in 2018, the Tigray forces ruled the previous national government for 27 years, and the widening political rift turned into war in November 2020.

Kassahun Berhanu, a professor of political science at Addis Ababa University, said: “Unless there is some kind of sacred intervention, I don’t see any chance for a peaceful settlement through dialogue, because the position is highly polarized.” He added that he believed in Abi. The decision to go to the front line was “to boost morale.”

The Tigray troops have expressed their hope that Abi will leave. The Abi government wants the Tigray forces designated as a terrorist organization to withdraw to their area.

The prime minister not only announced this week that he would go to the front, but also invited Ethiopians to join him. This is the latest call for every capable citizen of this country of more than 110 million people to join the battle. In recent months, there have been allegations of hasty military training and forced conscription, and analysts have warned that because the military is said to have been weakened, ethnically-based militias are increasing.

As a result of the war, millions of civilians were trapped and starved. The Ethiopian government has blocked the Tigray area for months, worrying that humanitarian aid will eventually fall into the hands of combatants. After the Tigray army retakes their territory, hundreds of thousands of people in the neighboring Amhara and Afar areas People cannot get a lot of aid. In June, began to conquer the capital.

Another goal of Tigray’s forces appears to be to mention the supply line in the Ethiopian capital from neighboring Djibouti. In a speech to reporters on Tuesday, the US envoy warned fighters not to cut off the road to Djibouti or enter Addis Ababa.

Feltman said this could be “disastrous” for the country.

The Special Envoy of the African Union Olesegun Obasanjo has also been mediating, but he has not discussed his work publicly in recent days.

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