Yilkal Kefale (PhD) has resigned from his position as President of Ethiopia’s Amhara Region. In a statement to the regional council today, Yilkal cited social, health and family issues as the reason for his decision to step down after almost two years in the role.
In his remarks, Yilkal acknowledged the challenges of taking on leadership during a time of crisis. “I know the pain of coming into power during a crisis and letting go of responsibility during a crisis, but I have given everything I can,” he said.
As president, Yilkal had been tasked with implementing a peace motion approved by the council to address rising conflicts in the region.
“While we were implementing the peace motion decided by the council, our efforts failed. Within just a few days, the conflict was out of control,” Yilkal stated.
He went on to say he had called for a state of emergency declaration as the situation grew more volatile.
The regional council said it had accepted Yilkal’s resignation request.
His departure comes as Amhara region deals with security and political instability.