Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed says he will now lead his troops from the battle front as the year-long conflict moves closer to the capital, Addis Ababa.
“Starting tomorrow, I will mobilise to the front to lead the defence forces,” Abiy said in a statement posted on Twitter late on Monday.
“Those who want to be among the Ethiopian children who will be hailed by history, rise up for your country today. Let’s meet at the battlefront.”
The statement by the 45-year-old prime minister, a former soldier, did not say where exactly he will go Tuesday. His spokeswoman, Billene Seyoum, did not respond to a request for comment from the Associated Press news agency.
Abiy’s comments came as the Tigray People’s Liberation Front rebel group continued to press towards Addis Ababa.
It also followed a meeting of the ruling Prosperity Party’s executive committee to discuss the war after which Defence Minister Abraham Be-lay briefed newsmen that security forces would embark on a “different action, but did not provide details of the action.
Tens of thousands of people are estimated to have been killed as Ethiopian and allied forces fight against forces from the country’s northern Tigray region, which dominated the national government before Abiy Ahmed took office.