|Minister of Federal Affairs of Ethiopia|
|Executive Member of the Central Committee of the Tigrayan Peoples' Liberation Front|
|Political party||Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front|
|Tigrayan People's Liberation Front|
Born at Axum, he attended high school in Mek'ele, and afterwards attended Addis Ababa University. Abay had been a student activist during his years in college in the early 1970s as a member of the Tigrayan University Students' Association. According to Aregawi Berhe, he was one of seven students who met on 14 September 1974 at an inconspicuous cafe in the Piazza district to create the Tigrayan Peoples' Liberation Front. Abay was selected to be one of the first group to be given military training by the Eritrean People's Liberation Front, arriving in Asmara, January 1975. With Meles Zenawi and Sibhat Nega, Abay was one of founders of the Marxist-Leninist League of Tigray in July, 1985.
Following the end of the Ethiopian Civil War, Abay became Minister of Federal Affairs in 2001. Tsehaye is also an executive member of the Central Committee of the Tigrayan Peoples' Liberation Front. He currently[when?] lives in Ethiopia.
- Executive Branch of Ethiopean government, Ethioworld.com, undated
- Aregawi Berhe, A Political history of the Tigray People's Liberation Front (1975-1991) (Los Angeles: Tsehai, 2009), p. 340
- Aregawi Berhe, "The origins of the Tigray People's Liberation Front", African Affairs 103 (2004), p. 577
- Aregawi, Political History, p. 40
- Aregawi, "The origins", p. 586
- Aregawi, Political History, p. 156
- "List of Central Committee members of the Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF)" Archived April 8, 2009, at the Wayback Machine., Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front website (accessed 29 May 2009)
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