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Vol 59 No 21

Published 26th October 2018


Ethiopia

Push-ups and makeovers

Even when faced with an attempted coup d’état, Prime Minister Abiy somehow turned it into a public relations triumph

After disgruntled – and fully armed – troops marched into Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's office in central Addis Ababa on 11 October, initial reports unconvincingly suggested the head of government had simply discussed pay with the 250 or so men. Himself a former Lieutenant Colonel, the Prime Minister did some push-ups with the assembled men, and the image of beaming commandos with their athletic commander-in-chief was duly splashed across the globe in the manner of a typical photo-op.

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