A deserved valediction
Hailemariam Dessalegn’s resignation from his post both as the Prime Minster of Ethiopia and chairman of the ruling Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) gained mixed acceptance from the public. Some appreciated it and others questioned its timing. But, the coming to power of his successor Abiy Ahmed (PhD) brought about “wind of change,” in the words of Hailemariam, who was honored and officially given a warm farewell at the National Palace. During the ceremony, Abiy said that the former leader was a “clean” leader who has never been attached to corruption. Hailemariam was decorated with an honorary medal from the Prime Minister along with his wife Roman Tesfaye. In a rare gesture, Hailemariam, like his successor gave credit to Roman and his children whom he said “took taxi to their universities and slept in dormitories.” The farewell ceremony on April 24 was attended by high-level government officials, dignitaries and members of the diplomatic corps.