Temesgen Tiruneh named Amhara region head
Temesgen Tiruneh, ex-security advisor to the Prime Minister, has been named the head of the Amhara Regional State, which has recently undergone a security crisis due to an attempted coup d’état against the regional administration resulting in the assassination of the regional head and two more cabinet members together with the head of the national army and another retired general. His appointment was endorsed by the regional council on July 22, 2019.
Temesgen was serving as a security adviser to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) following his brief stay as the head of Information Network Security Agency (INSA). His relationship with the Prime Minister is said to go back to more than a decade ago where both worked at INSA.
His appointment as the head of the Amhara Regional State comes following the assassination of his predecessor and attempted to take over of region. Amabachew Mekonnen (PhD) and his close aides were killed following a failed coup attempt by Asamnew Tsige (Brigadier General), who was also a high official in the regional administration. At the time of the coup, Asamnew was serving as the security head of the region. He was shot and killed by government forces days after the failed attempt.
The ill-fated coup also claimed the lives of Ethiopia’s army chief of staff, General Seare Mekonnen, and Ezez Wassie, Amhara president’s senior advisor, and Migbaru Kebede, the region’s Attorney General, together with a retired Major-General Geza’e Abera who was caught in the incident while visiting the General at his home.
The new president, upon his appointment pledged to work to ensure rule of law in the region as well as create jobs and attract new investments in the region.
In related news, the regional council has also approved the appointment of a new security head and new judges. In this regard, Agegnehu Teshager is appointed as the head of the region’s security; where as 230 new judges were also appointed.
Furthermore, the council has also endorsed the regions budget of 47 billion birr for the upcoming Ethiopian fiscal year.