ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia | Explosion as Ethiopia’s new, reformist prime minister speaks
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — An explosion disrupted a huge rally for Ethiopia’s reformist new prime minister on Saturday shortly after he spoke and was waving to the crowd that had turned out in numbers unseen in recent years in the East African nation.
An Associated Press reporter saw more than a dozen injured people, and police said they were investigating. Footage showed Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed being rushed from the scene. A rally organizer, Seyoum Teshome, said on Facebook that Abiy and other guests “are all fine.”
In a cowboy hat and T-shirt, Abiy had addressed the crowd in Addis Ababa’s Meskel Square as supporters wore clothes displaying his image and carried signs saying “One Love, One Ethiopia.”
Abiy told the tens of thousands of supporters that change was coming after years of anti-government tensions and there was no turning back.