Ethiopia ruling coalition names new PM

Ethiopia selects Abiy Ahmed as new prime minister

Ethiopia selects Abiy Ahmed as new prime minister

The highly anticipated election of Dr. Abiy Ahmed that drew the attention of millions of Ethiopians at home and overseas, has been welcomed by many opposition figures and social media activists.

Abiy Ahmed was chosen by Ethiopia's ruling coalition on Tuesday to lead the party, meaning he will likely be become the country's new prime minister.

It was the long tradition of the ruling party that the chairperson of the coalition will automatically be the ruling party's possible candidate to sworn in as the nation's Prime Minister infront the house of Peoples representative.

"In today's session, the council held a vote and elected Abiye Ahmed as chairperson", said the EBC presenter, without giving further details.

He is also the first ethnic Oromo to ascend to the post.

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Mass protests have been going on since 2015, when anti-government demonstrations broke out among the Oromo, Ethiopia's biggest ethnic group, and later spread to the Amhara, the second biggest group.

His appointment comes after two years of sporadic and deadly protests against the government, focusing initially on land rights before expanding to political and human rights issues. Hailemariam resigned to pave the way for reforms. According to a state-affiliated media, Abiy Ahmed was elected with more than 60% of the vote.

"He faces the tasks of widening political space and reaching out to the opposition".

Dr. Abiy, 42, has served the national defense force with a rank of Lieutenant Colonel and was instrumental in establishing the Ethiopian Information Network Security Agency (INSA).

Last month, the 81-member OPDO central committee named Ahmed, a former minister of science and technology, as its new chairman. You can sign up to receive it directly here.

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