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Ethiopian PM will lead the army ‘from the battlefront’

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Ethiopian PM will lead the army

Ethiopian PM will lead the army ‘from the battlefront’

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced Monday he will personally proceed to the front to lead the nation’s army in countering a group of rebels that is advancing towards the capital.

“Beginning tomorrow, I will be on the battlefield in person to lead the army,” Abiy, commander in chief of the armed forces, said in a statement covered widely by local media.

Abiy made the astounding announcement in the face of intensified fighting between government forces and Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) rebels who in recent months have gotten backing from the Oromo Liberation Army-Shene, both declared terrorist organizations by the Ethiopian parliament.

Fierce fighting is being reported around Showa Robit, a town about 200 kilometers (124 miles) northeast of the capital Addis Ababa, as well as several other fronts in Amhara state which the rebels have encroached.

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According to Abiy, the rebels have backing from outside forces.

The government of Ethiopia has been embroiled in armed conflict with the Tigray rebels since last November.

Abiy described the current conflict as one waged in coordination with internal and foreign enemies – the latter wishing to subdue the state of Ethiopia in a neocolonial move.

He called on Ethiopians to join him in the fight while urging solidarity from fellow Africans.

Earlier Abiy expressed appreciation for diaspora Ethiopians who held rallies in 27 cities in the US, Canada, Europe, and South Africa calling for an end to foreign interference in their home country.

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