Ethiopia says PM Abiy at war front, handing duties to deputy

AP , Wednesday 24 Nov 2021

Ethiopia's government said Wednesday that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has gone to the battlefront to take charge in the country's yearlong war and left the daily work of running the country to his deputy.

People hold papers showing messages of NO More as they protest against purported fake news during the send-off ceremony for New military recruits who are joining the Ethiopian National Defence Force in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on November 24, 2021

Government spokesman Legesse Tulu told reporters that the prime minister arrived at the front on Tuesday, but he didn't give details on the location. Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen is handling day-to-day government activities, Legesse said.

The war in Africa's second-most populous nation has killed an estimated tens of thousands of people, and countries including France, Germany, and Turkey have told their citizens to leave immediately as rival fighters from Ethiopia's northern Tigray region advance on the capital, Addis Ababa.

A US envoy on Tuesday told reporters he fears that ``nascent'' progress in mediation efforts with the warring sides could be outpaced by the ``alarming'' military developments.

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