Ethiopian Prime Minister got down and did push-ups with dozens of elite soldiers who had descended on his office during an ongoing protest against low pay. The protests by Ethiopian soldiers and going to the prime minister's office triggered an internet blackout in Addis Ababa that was lifted Thursday. Photos circulating on social media showed Mr Abiy doing push-ups with the smiling troops. His intervention seems to have diffused the tensions as the videos show smiling soldiers in military fatigues fanned out in front of the prime minister following his lead as he does push-ups in his white shirt and suit. Picked as prime minister by the ruling Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), Mr Abiy has pursued aggressive reforms since taking office.
Source: Ethiopian News October 11, 2018 12:18 UTC