Ethiopia Tigray Crisis FILE - Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed speaks behind bulletproof glass at his inauguration ceremony, after he was sworn in for a second five-year term, in the capital Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Monday, Oct. 4, 2021.
Ethiopia's prime minister says he will lead his country's army "from the battlefront" beginning Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021, a dramatic new step by the Nobel Peace Prize-winner in a devastating yearlong war.
Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen is handling day-to-day government activities, Legesse said.
The Tigray forces dominated the previous national government for 27 years before Abiy took office in 2018, and a growing political rift turned to war in November 2020.
Abiy's government wants the Tigray forces, which it has designated as a terrorist group, to withdraw to their region.