Abiy Ahmed

Ethiopia’s new leader makes rare outreach to opposition

On Wednesday, the prime minister visited the restive town of Ambo in the Oromia region. The 42-year-old, the first Oromo politician to become prime minister since the ruling party came to power in 1991, was met by cheerful crowds who danced and displayed his portrait.

In a speech during his visit, he highlighted the importance of resolving differences through dialogue.

The months of unrest disrupted business, education and transport in Africa’s second most populous country and one of the continent’s fastest-growing economies.

*AP

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