For some, Abiy spoke to a much-needed reprieve from an earlier time when he rose to control in one of Africa's most impressive nations. His administration invited resistance figures home from oust, and delivered others from jail, including some who had been condemned to death. He moved through the area, facilitating harmony, and visited the United States to energized diaspora swarms. He was seen by numerous individuals as a unifier, the child of a Christian and Muslim and of blended ethnic legacy. He astonished Ethiopians by saying 'sorry' for the public authority's previous maltreatment. He gave off an impression of being drawing from his difficult past.