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New Head of Government Shapes up in Ethiopia

Dr Abiy Ahmed Haasaa Konfiransii Dr Abiy Ahmed Haasaa Konfiransii
Addis Ababa, Feb 22 (Prensa Latina) The Ethiopian Oromo People''s Democratic Organization (OPDO) elected Abiy Ahmed today as its new leader, who is regarded by the media as the next possible prime minister to the country.
The 81-member Central Committee of the organization voted for the new changes, with which it officially declared Ahmed as the replacement for Lemma Megerssa, who resigned that position.

Magerssa is currently occupying the post of OPDO vice president, but holds his post as president of the Oromia region. Meanwhile, Abiy Ahmed, former minister of Science and Technology, became the vice president of OPDO, one of the groups that shape the Government coalition, under the leadership of Magerssa.

The post of prime minister remained vacant after Hailemariam Desalegn resigned a week ago.

The governing Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) is expected to elect, in its conference next month, the next official successor to Desalegn, who will continue in the post until that decision is made.

The four parties in the EPRDF are OPDO, the Amhara National Democratic Movement, the Tigrayan People's Liberation Front (TPLF) and the Southern Ethiopian People's Democratic Movement (SEPDM).

Desalegn was a SEPDM member, while the last head of Government, Meles Zenawi, was a TPLF member.

The coalition has 100 percent of the seats in Parliament and the country should return to the polls for presidential elections in 2020.


Last modified onSaturday, 24 February 2018 07:41
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