Supporters of Ethiopia Prime Minister attend a rally on Meskel Square in Addis Ababa on June 23, 2018. (AFP / YONAS TADESE)
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An explosion struck a huge rally for Ethiopia's reformist new prime minister on Saturday shortly after he spoke and was waving to the cheering crowd that turned out to support sweeping changes in Africa's second most populous nation.Addressing the country minutes after he was rushed to safety, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed called the blast a "well-orchestrated attack" but one that failed. Health Minister Amir Aman confirmed one death while Abiy's chief of staff said 83 people were hurt, six critically.Saturday's rally began as a show of exuberance, with supporters wearing clothes displaying Abiy's image and carrying signs saying "One Love, One Ethiopia".Informal in a neon green T-shirt, Abiy told the tens of thousands of supporters that change was coming and there was no turning back. Abiy is the first prime minister from the Oromo ethnic group, the largest in the country, since the ruling party came to power in 1991 .
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