The Prime Minister of Ethiopia stated that he will lead his country’s army “from the front” on Tuesday. This is a dramatic new step taken by the Nobel Peace Prize winner in this year-long and devastating war.
Nairobi, Kenya – The Prime Minister of Ethiopia stated that he will lead his country’s army “from the front” starting on Tuesday, a dramatic new step taken by the Nobel Peace Prize winner in a year-long, devastating war.
“This is a time when a country needs to be led by martyrdom,” Abi Ahmed said in a statement posted on social media on Monday night. With rival Tigray’s forces approaching the capital Addis Ababa, his government declared a state of emergency earlier this month.
The statement by the former soldier’s prime minister did not say where he will go on Tuesday.
“Let’s meet on the front lines,” the 45-year-old leader said.
Hs’ statement also claimed that the West was trying to defeat the Ethiopians, which was the latest counterattack to what his government called the intervention of the international community. Special envoys from the African Union and the United States continue to seek a ceasefire and negotiations through diplomatic efforts.
In a year’s time, the Abbey government has changed from describing the conflict as an “law enforcement action” to an “existential war.”