Nairobi: Nobel Peace Prize winner Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has gone to the battlefield to command a year-long war as rival fighters march towards the capital. A government spokesman said that he had reached the front on Tuesday.
thousands of people martyred in the war
However, no pictures of 45-year-old ex-serviceman Abiy Ahmed were revealed, and his spokesman, Billin Seyum, declined to say from where he was commanding the battlefield. Tens of thousands of people have been killed in fighting between Ethiopian federal and allied troops and fighters in the country’s Tigre region. Fears of the breakup of the ancient nation have worried both Ethiopians and observers as to what will happen to this often troubled region of Africa.
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Old tradition of leaders fighting in war
Let us tell you that Abiy Ahmed won the Nobel Prize two years ago. All observers are surprised by Abi’s sudden arrival in the battlefield. Christopher Clapham, a retired professor at Cambridge University, said the move to the front was in line with the tradition of Ethiopian leaders, including Emperor Haile Selassie and Emperor Johannes IV. Johannes IV was killed in the war of 1889.
What will happen in the fierce battle?
Clapham said, ‘It looks like a traditional Ethiopian experiment to me. This may be necessary for a defense that looks like an extremely lax Ethiopian military response. “The situation is extremely dangerous,” said researcher Adem Abebe of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance. “If (Abi) is injured or killed, not only will the federal government fall, but the army will also fall,” he said.
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Deputy Prime Minister will handle the government front
Significantly, the Prime Minister had announced earlier this week that he would go to the battlefield. Earlier, a government spokesman said that in Ahmed’s absence, Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen was overseeing the day-to-day government business.
Other countries advised their people to get out
The war in Africa’s second most populous country has reportedly killed thousands of people. Several countries, including France, Germany and Turkey, have asked their citizens to leave Ethiopia immediately as rival fighters from the northern Tigre region move towards the capital, Addis Ababa.