Abiy Ahmed

Prime Minister of Ethiopia Abiy Ahmed

Full Name: Abiy Ahmed Ali
Profession: Prime Minister of Ethiopia


Biography: Abiy Ahmed was elected Prime Minister of Ethiopia in 2018 by a ruling coalition and began reforms to open up the country. He lifted a ban on opposition parties and released thousands of political prisoners.

In his first speech as Prime Minister Ahmed expressed his wish to end the long-standing conflict with neighboring Eritrea. At a Eritrea–Ethiopia summit in 2018 he signed a "Joint Declaration of Peace and Friendship", agreeing to re-open relations with Eritrea. Ahmed was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2019 for his efforts in ending the conflict.

In November 2020 a civil war broke out between the Ethiopian National Defense Force and the regional Tigray government. Ahmed has been severely criticized internationally for his handling of the conflict which has resulted in over 10,000 deaths, mass atrocities and an emerging humanitarian crisis.

Born: August 15, 1976
Birthplace: Beshasha, Jimma, Ethiopia
Age: 46 years old

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Leo

Historical Events

  • 2018-06-23 Explosion at a rally in Addis Ababa after speech by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed kills two and injures 150
  • 2018-07-09 Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki and Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed officially end the "no war, no peace" peace deal made in 2000 in Eritrea's capital, Asmara
  • 2019-10-11 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed for the peace deal with Eritrea
  • 2020-07-21 Stage 1 of the controversial filling of Blue Nile River dam announced completed by Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed
  • 2020-11-04 Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed orders military offensive and state of emergency in northern region of Tigray, amid fears of a civil war
  • 2020-11-22 Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed gives Tigrayan forces 72 hours to surrender before the military begins offensive on regional capital of Mekelle

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