Abay Tsehaye is a former high level official of Ethiopia. Born in Axum, he attended high school in Mekelle.Abay was a student activistwhile enrolled in Haile Selassie I University in the early 1970s as a member of the Tigrayan University Students' Association. He was one of the founders of the Tigray Peoples' Liberation Front.Abay was selected to be one of the first TPLF membes to be given military training by the Eritrean People's Liberation Front (EPLF) and he arrived 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. Abay is also an executive member of the Central Committee of the TPLF.