Ethiopia’s new Prime Minister is Abiy Ahmed, head of EPRDF’s Oromo bloc

State-affiliated FANA Broadcasting Corporate (FBC) reported late Tuesday that the Ethiopian Peoples Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) had elected Abiy as its chairperson. His rise to become Prime Minister – head of government – is premised on approval by

State-affiliated FANA Broadcasting Corporate (FBC) reported late Tuesday that the Ethiopian Peoples Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) had elected Abiy as its chairperson.

His rise to become Prime Minister – head of government – is premised on approval by the Front’s Council and subsequent approval by the parliament. Political watchers hold that that process is a mere formality.

Reports indicate that current deputy Prime Minister, Demeke Mekonnen will maintain his post. Abiy is leader of the Oromo bloc of the EPRDF – the Oromo Peoples Democratic Organization (OPDO). He is also the first Premier from the Oromia region – Ethiopia’s largest and most populous regional state.

The Addis Standard news portal reports that he garnered 108 votes out of a possible 180 to emerge the winner. Abiy takes over from Hailemariam Desalegn who resigned his post in mid-February, according to him to allow for political reforms promised by the EPRDF in early January 2018.

He assumes leadership of the East African security and economic giant in a time of heated political crisis emanating from his state, Oromia. Anti-government protests in Oromia and northern Amhara region have riled the country since 2015 till early this year.

It has since led to two state of emergencies over a two-year period. The first was between October 2016 to August 2017 with the latest round declared in February barely 24-hours after the resignation of his predecessor.

Source: AfricanNews

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  • Ethio March 30, 2018

    ‘Yellow Kid’, one of the most notorious con-artists globally, had once gone to the extent of opening a ‘bank’. Why would I think that my country could not have one of its own, even at the most consummate level? Well, at the end of the day accountability should prevail. I wish my country produces only the best things (our oblisks, rock-hewn structures, artefacts, ancient books, athletes, coffee, war-hero’s, some leaders and professionals etc. in my mind) but that is not the case, alas. Let me warn you not to blame my people, my organization (except in the context of the mal-governance it created and more precisely the persistent lack of accountability that brought a fine con-artist to the helm of power), or anyone else but yourselves whatever comes next.

  • Ethiopian May 18, 2018

    Jacob

    I think your comments shows the true color of your religion. Stay away from the Ethiopia.Ethiopian are not back-warded people like you. look at your country Eritrea, the worst leadership in the world. So this how people from your religion treat their people in their own country. The last 2000 years in Ethiopia shows us that Orthodox Christians are not capable to lead the country., history repeating itself in Eritrea. Ethiopians do not care about the religion of the PM, they are too civilized about this kind of things,if you want to know who dr.abey is read the book he has right about Ethiopian Muslims. You Eritrean orthodox people can not think beyond the small issues. Dr.Abey ahmed Ali is a politician and elected for political position. I am sure you do not know the difference between politics and religion.

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