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October 02, 2018
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Posted by NCID

Abiy Ahmed was only a 15 year old teenager when Isaias Afwerki declared Eritrea’s independence in 1991. But Ahmed was already in politics. He first joined the Oromo Democratic Party (ODP) to fight against Mengistu Haile Mariam's regime in Ethiopia and years later he led his country’s intelligence team in the border 1998-2000 border war against Eritrea. 

Now 42, Ahmed is the youngest leader in Africa and the first Ethiopian Prime Minister to “fully accept and implement” the peace agreement signed between both countries in the year 2000...

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