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House challenges PM’s gov’t restructure

In what is going to be the third Cabinet in a single election term, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) has announced his new government on Thursday, while unusually Members of Parliament (MPs) were seen to be tougher on the new PM and with regards to his government restructuring and ministerial appointments.

Speaker swaps teams

In unexpected turn of event, Abadula Gemeda, a veteran member of the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) and Speaker of the House of Peoples’ Representatives (HPR), has left his position to assume a role at the executive branch of government as national security advisor to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) with ministerial portfolio, while Muferiat Kemal was endorsed in unanimous vote to replace him becoming the first female Speaker of the House. 

PM gives new appointments

Hours after the endorsement of his new Cabinet by the House of Peoples’ Representatives (HPR), Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) has given nine new appointments to different personalities including the former House Speaker Abadulla Gemeda. Accordingly, the following are the new appointments:

Understanding Abiy through his rhetoric

People both inside and outside of Ethiopia listened to the acceptance speech of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) delivered to the House of Peoples’ Representatives (HPR) on April 2, 2018 during which he was sworn-in as Prime Minister to fill the position left vacant since the resignation of his predecessor Hailemariam Dessalegn on February 15.

House appoints chair for Ethiopian Press Agency

The House of People’s Representatives (HPR), on Thursday resumed its regular session marking it with an endorsement of seven members for the management board who oversee the state-owned publisher, the Ethiopian Press Agency (EPA).

MP Hirpe Muleta passes away

Hirpe Muleta, one of the women lawmakers in the House of People’s Representatives, has passed away at the age of 64, the Communications Office of the House of People’s Representatives (HPR), announced on Thursday.

Former census chief to run electoral board

The House of People’s representatives (HPR), on Wednesday, endorsed the nomination of Samiya Zekaria, former Director General of the Ethiopian Central Statistics Agency (CSA) for two decades before leaving her post in 2016 on an ambassadorial duty, to chair the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE).