P.M. Meles Zenawi has been re-elected Ethiopian Prime Minister
Oct. 04 2010
PM Meles Zenawi has been re-elected Ethiopian Prime Minister for the next five years, took the oath of office at the official opening of the Ethiopian parliament on Monday.
Ethiopia’s new parliament was officially opened following the May 2010 national election where the ruling party, the Ethiopian Peoples Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) won 545 seats out of the 547 seats at the parliament.
Accordingly, the parliament re-elected Meles for the third time to be Ethiopia’s prime minister. The PM was the only nominee by his party to the post which he served since 1995.
In his recent trip to the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Meles made a statement at a United State university where he told students and the gathering that it will be his last term in office.
“I can assure you that it will be my last term in power,” said Meles.
Beyond his PM position, Prime Minister Meles is currently serving in various regional and international forums, representing Africa as well.
In February 2010, the UN named him as co-chair of the Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing, a new high-level UN advisory group on climate change financing.
Apart from one independent candidate and one candidate from the opposition, the parliament is composed of entirely members of the ruling party.
While officially starting its work, the Ethiopian parliament also elected a new speaker.
Accordingly, Aba Dula Gemeda who was the president of Ethiopia’s Oromia Regional state has been elected with a majority vote as the speaker while Shitaye Minale was re-elected as deputy speaker.
More than 540 MPs were in attendance at the parliament in which 540 MPs voted for Aba Dula as the speaker who previously also served as Ethiopia’s Defence Minister.