The Meteoric Rise and Dramatic Fall of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed
By Henok Y. Tessema
November 4, 019
In the first few months of his premiership, Abiy had earned popularity and respect not just as a political leader but also as a moral one. His message of reconciliation, love, and unity had given him unprecedented moral authority in the eyes of a general public expecting the absolute worst.
Fast-forward to today, he has little, if any, moral legitimacy as a political leader. Forget the moral leadership.
Latest case in point:
1. He showed an alarming insensitivity when he stayed deafeningly quiet for about a week in the midst of genocidal violence.
Abiy and his government completely shut down internet connection and overwhelmed the media with laughably dumb “coup” narrative only hours after the killing of officials in Bahir Dar.
The killing of regional officials in a regional capital becomes a “coup attempt”, no questions asked. But a clearly genocidal violence against minorities in Oromia region gets reduced to mere “conflict”.
Many have rightly noted that Abiy is weak and incompetent as a leader. The recent tragedy has provided the most vivid evidence yet regarding another one of Abiy’s important character traits: for all his absurd mantra about tolerance or whatever, he is a genuinely dangerous and ruthless powermonger.
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