Friday, September 07, 2012

Ethiopia’s ruling party delays appointment of new premie

(Sept 07, 2012, Daily Nation)--Ethiopia’s ruling party, Ethiopian People Democratic Front (EPRDF) has delayed the appointment of a new party chief and prime minister. EPRDF executive council members in their closed-door meeting on Tuesday disagreed on the election procedures for the appointment of new leader.

The delay posed unexpected internal political tension and power squabbling among the ruling elite. Late leader Meles Zenawi was died in hospital on August 20, 2012. On August 21, in its meeting the Ministers’ Council (Cabinet) endorsed Mr Hailemariam Desalegn as an acting prime minister but in Tuesday’s meeting, the ruling party contradicted the earlier decision of the Cabinet. 

The Cabinet has already announced Mr Hailemariam as an acting “prime minister” and he should be sworn by parliament. But, the EPRDF executive council has called a new meeting scheduled for next week to elect a party chief and the prime minister, in a bigger party meeting.

“Within those who are in a struggle of a common goal, the instalment of leadership is an easy issue as it is simply assigning a comrade who would pay huge sacrifices... and rather the focus should be on our respective duties” a statement of the party reads. In the coming session, the bigger leadership of  60 members of the EPRDF council will elect the party chief and prime minister of Ethiopia. Read more from Daily Nation » 

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