In addition to the issue of the monuments, Prime Minister Dr. Abiy answered questions on the ongoing relations with Eritrea and other issues related to the current situation in the country. Updates? Notably, he has also called for the eventual reconstitution of the Ethiopian Navy, dissolved in 1996 in the aftermath of Eritrea's secession after an extraterritorial sojourn in Djibouti, saying that "we should build our naval force capacity in the future. Abiy believes that "Prosperity Party is committed to strengthening & applying a true Federal system which recognizes the diversity and contributions of all Ethiopians". From October 2016 on, Abiy served as Deputy President of Oromia Region as part of the team of Oromia Region's president Lemma Megersa while staying a member of the Ethiopian Federal House of Peoples' Representatives. , Hailemariam's resignation triggered the first ever contested leadership election among EPRDF coalition members to replace him. Abiy graduated in computer engineering from Addis Ababa’s Microlink Information Technology College in 2001, while he was with the Ethiopian National Defense Force.  Abiy is multilingual and speaks Afaan Oromo, Amharic, Tigrinya language and English. On 15 February 2018 the Ethiopian Prime Minister Haile Mariam Desalgn, unable to stop the unrest and resistance movements in the country, resigned from his post as a chairman of EPRDF and the leader of the country. Each of the four parties sent in 45 members. Abiy is a devout Protestant, born of a Muslim father and an Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church Christian mother. Be on the lookout for your Britannica newsletter to get trusted stories delivered right to your inbox. He was born on August 15, 1976, and from Beshasha, Central Ethiopia and he is 45 years old as of 2019.  In May 2018 alone the Oromo region pardoned over 7,600 prisoners. Later on in 1993 he became a soldier in the now Ethiopian National Defense Force and worked mostly in the intelligence and communications departments. , In early 2018, many political observers considered Abiy and Lemma Megersa as the most popular politicians within the Oromo community, as well as other Ethiopian communities. Brother: NA Announcing our NEW encyclopedia for Kids! He is the son of Ahmed Ali (father) and Tezeta Wolde (mother). ", "Exciting opportunity for investors in Oromia State", "Oromia Committed to Support Domestic Investors: Chief Administrator Lemma Megersa", "What is behind clashes in Ethiopia's Oromia and Somali regions? He also proposed several economic reforms, including privatizing large government owned institutions including Ethiopian Airlines and Ethio Telecom. He also holds a Master of Business Administration from the Institute for Peace and Security Studies, Addis Ababa University. He is married to his wife Zinash Tayachew and they both first met in while serving in the Ethiopian Defense Forces. Dr Abiy Ahmed is my Prime minister / ዶክተር አቢይ አህመድ የኔ ጠቅላይ ሚኒስቴር ነው። has 45,334 members. Ahmed Ali, the father of Abiy Ahmed is an Oromo Muslim, now in his 80’s and an important and respected member of the Beshasha community. , The potential normalization of Ethiopia-Eritrea relations likewise opens the possibility for Ethiopia to resume using the Ports of Massawa and Asseb, which, prior to the Ethio-Eritrean conflict, were its main ports, which would be of particular benefit to the northern region of Tigray. Tens of thousands Ethiopian Tigrayans have been displaced from their homes (or killed), due to ethnic based violence, since Abiy assumed office.  Shortly thereafter, Abiy took the "unprecedented and previously unimaginable" step of meeting Andargachew, who twenty-four hours previously had been on death row, at his office; a move even critics of the ruling party termed "bold and remarkable". He featured in the 100 Most Influential Africans of 2018 in Time Magazine and earned the ‘African of the Year’ title on 15th December 2018. This was followed by a momentous joint statement from Abiy and Isaias on July 9 declaring that the state of war that had existed between their two countries for 20 years had come to an end. She also served in the Ethiopian Defense Forces, alongside Abiy. Demeke was then approved as Deputy Prime Minister and gotfor another term .  In the Ethio-Eritrea War between 1998 and 2000, he led an intelligence team to discover positions of the Eritrean Defence Forces. He later signed a peace agreement with one of the groups, which was designed to end more than 30 years of conflict in the Ogaden region. , Later on, Abiy was posted back to his home town of Beshasha, where he – as an officer of the Defense Forces – had to address a critical situation of inter-religious clashes between Muslims and Christians with a number of deaths. On 11 October 2019, Abiy was awarded the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize for his work in ending the 20-year stalemate between Ethiopia and Eritrea. Born in Beshasha, Jimma Zone, in the aftermath of the 1974 revolution, his name was Abiyot, “revolution”, now using his nickname Abiy, according to the Reporter.  The then Abiyot went to the local primary school and later continued his studies at secondary schools in Agaro town.
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