The Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed, has gone to the front lines in the war with rebels in Ethiopia’s Tigray region.
State-affiliated media ETV reported today, Wednesday, November 24, 2021 that Deputy Prime Minister, Demeke Mekonnen Hassen, was taking charge of routine government business in the Prime Minister’s absence.
Mr Ahmed had vowed to lead the Ethiopian army at the war front against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).
TPLF has reportedly been making advances towards the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.
In a post on social media after thousands of Ethiopians who rallied outside the White House in Washington, DC to show support for his government, Mr. Ahmed expressed his commitment to fighting the TPLF.
During the rally in Washington, the protesters denounced the foreign policy of the United States government.
According to the protesters, the US’s foreign policy is sympathetic to the TPLF.
The US government had threatened to terminate its trade deal with Ethiopia as a result of the conflict.
The war in Ethiopia’s Tigray region has been going on for months.
Rape and famine have characterized the war. At least 150,000 people have reportedly died from hunger in the Tigray region.
The Ethiopian was accused by Amnesty International of arbitrarily arresting dozens of ethnic Tigrayans in Addis Ababa and other parts of the country since rebels took control of the conflict-ridden Tigray region’s capital.