Ethiopian Business Review

For many, the untimely death of Meles Zenawi, Ethiopia’s long-serving and able prime minister, on August 20, 2012 was considered as a serious threat to the country’s unity. This was because; the premier had been too powerful as he had drawn overwhelming political and military control particularly after 2001. His sudden death after 21 years of firm control was anticipated to create vacuum and power struggle within the ruling Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) and the four parties that constitute it.

Wednesday, 17 July 2013 16:57
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The Ethiopian Federal Parliament, in late September, convened a rare emergency session. The agenda items were equally extraordinary because appointing a new Prime Minister was unthinkable as recently as a couple of months ago.

After missing from the public eye for weeks, the death of former Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, at a Belgian hospital, was announced on August 20. The illness has not been disclosed to date.

Meles, who ruled the country since 1991, was both Prime Minister of Ethiopia and chairman of the ruling Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF). The ruling party, which unseated the previous communist regime after a bloody 17-year armed struggle, has formidable control of the nation’s politics with over five million members. The party controls over 99 per cent of all Federal and Regional Parliament seats in the country.

After a month of speculations and mixed signals from the EPRDF leadership following Meles’ death, a 40 minute parliamentary emergency session promoted little known Hailemariam Desalegn as the country’s new Prime Minister on Friday, September, 21, 2012.

Thursday, 01 November 2012 16:50
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