Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who has been at the front line in the civil war which started in Tigray last year, left the battle front on Wednesday and returned to his usual work in the capital, Addis Ababa.
“PM Abiy Ahmed Ali momentarily back to the office following successful completion of the first phase of ‘Operation for National Unity in Diversity’,” Abiy’s office wrote, along with the statement, on Twitter.
In the statement, the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize winner said he was returning to the office as he had “completed the first phase of the conflict”.
“The struggle isn’t yet finished. We have areas that haven’t been freed,” he added.
“We should offer a long-lasting solution to make sure the enemy that has tested us doesn’t become a danger to Ethiopia again.”
Last month, Abiy announced that he would head to the battlefront after the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) reported significant territorial gains as part of a march towards Addis Ababa. He handed over his regular duties to his deputy, Demeke Mekonnen Hassen.
In November 2020, a war broke out when Abiy sent troops into the northernmost Tigray region to remove the TPLF government; a move he said came in response to attacks on federal army camps.
The war has killed thousands of people, displaced more than two million and driven hundreds of thousands into famine-like conditions, according to United Nations estimates.