Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Ethiopia to swear in new prime minister, a hand-picked successor to Meles Zenawi, on Friday

Hailemariam Desalegn is the hand-picked successor of former Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, who died Aug. 20 after ruling Ethiopia for more than two decades. Hailemariam is a former deputy prime minister and foreign affairs minister under Meles.Hailemariam’s ascension to prime minister has been delayed for at least a month after an emergency meeting of parliament was canceled last month. Shimeles Kemal, communications state minister, said Tuesday that Hailemariam will take the oath Friday morning. The extraordinary parliament session follows a meeting by the leadership of the ruling Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front, which on Saturday named Hailemariam its leader. The party controls 545 of the country’s 547 parliament seats, ensuring Hailemariam will be approved Friday. Source (Africa)


  1. Demeke Makonnene Deputy Prime Minister and Minsiter of Defence
    Siraj Fegessa Public Mobilization & Participation Advisor of the Prime Minister, with a Ministerial Portfolio
    Redwan Hussein Minister of Education
    Muktar Kedir Minister of Civil Service
    Melaku Fanta Minister of Foreign Affairs
    Mamo Abdi Director General of the Ethiopian Revenues and Customs Authority with a ministerial portfolio
    Azeb Mesfin state Minister of Defence
    Haile-melekot Agedew Executive Director Ethiopian International Institute for Peace and Development
    Bisrat Gashaw Tena Minister of Environment
    Mesfin Mengistu (EDP)State Minister of Justice
    Bulcha Demeksa state Minister of Finance
    Merara Gudina state Minister of Agriculture
    Beyene Petros state Minister of Federal Affairs
    Tesfaye Habisso state Minister of Communication
    Lidetu Ayalew Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to UK