As the conflict between the Ethiopian government and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) moves into a second week, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) announced a new leadership for the State of Tigray in a provisional administration to be set up in the region.
Appointed as head of the Tigray Regional State by the federal government on November 13, 2020 is Mulu Nega (PhD), who has been serving as State Minister of Education as of May of this year.
“Dr. Mulu Nega has been appointed as the Chief Executive of the Tigray Regional State,” PM Abiy posted on Twitter on Friday.
Mulu earned his PhD from the University of Twente in the Netherlands and had been a long time educator before he came into public service. Notably, he served as the chairperson of the program review taskforce and Director of the Center for Academic Standards and Quality Enhancement within Addis Ababa University.
The father of three replaces Debretsion Gebremichael (PhD), who along with his colleagues, lost his immunity from prosecution a day earlier.
So far, more than 11, 000 people have fled the fighting in Tigray to Sudan looking for shelter and the United Nations estimates more than 200,000 people are at risk of displacement.
Furthermore, international tourists in various cities across the state of Tigray have been stuck and a number of diplomatic missions in Addis Ababa, especially the US, are rushing to offer diplomatic support and find safety for their citizens.
In related news, the Head of Security at the headquarters of the African Union, Major General Gebre-egziabher Mebratu Melese has been dismissed from his duties effective immediately upon a request made by the Ethiopian Ministry of Defense.