Thursday, November 29, 2012

Ethiopian PM Reshuffles Cabinet

Ethiopian lawmakers approved four new ministers on Thursday, including a new foreign minister, as Ethiopian leader Hailemariam Desalegn reshuffles his cabinet.  Ethiopia now has three deputy prime ministers.
Two months after Hailemariam Desalegn was named prime minister of Ethiopia, he made the first changes in his cabinet. The parliament approved the appointments of Tewodros Adhanom as foreign minister, Kebede Chane as trade minister and Muktar Kedir as civil society minister.  Tewodros was previously the health minister; he will be replaced in that position by Kesetebirhan Admasu.
Government spokesman Shimelis Kemal says that the new ministers are expected to continue current government policies. “Mr. Hailemariam has expressed this time and again that the government under his leadership will continue to pursue the government policy and there will be no policy change," he said.
The position of civil service minister had become vacant as Hailemariam fired the holder of that office, Junedin Sado.  The minister’s wife is facing terrorism charges that are related to ongoing demonstrations by Ethiopia's Muslim community.

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