ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia 

Thousands of dancing and cheering Ethiopians on Thursday turned out in the capital Addis Ababa to welcome Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed home from getting his Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway.

The crowd, lined up along the main road from Bole International Airport to the National Palace, the premier’s office and residence, chanted, “Abiy! Abiy!” One sign read: “Welcome home, our hero.”

Alemu Kassa, a civil servant who turned out to welcome Ahmed, told Anadolu Agency that the prime minister had made Ethiopia proud internationally.

“Once again he raised our confidence in his leadership and reform agenda, “he said.

Etaferu Abebe,

Read more: Nobel in hand, Ethiopian premier gets hero’s welcome