Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is welcomed at Khartoum International Airport on June 7, 2019. 

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Abiy: Soldier-Spymaster stares at Ethiopian abyss

What you need to know:

  • Abiy is driven by fear of losing recognition, fame and sense of worthiness, one of his closest aides once said.
  • His mother is said to have prophetically predicted that he would become the “seventh king” of Ethiopia. 

Even the most optimistic would have been reluctant to bank on a former soldier who set up a spy agency to oversee a transition from an authoritarian to a democratic government. 


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