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Ethiopia Prepares for New Prime Minister

Tigrai Online, August 22, 2012

Update, Mr. Hailemariam Desalegn's swearin in delayed
Reports coming this afternoon are saying the Ethiopian government communications office issued a statement late Wednesday saying the Ethiopian parliament emergency session had been canceled. There was no immediate word on what prompted the delay or when an installation will take place.

Hailemariam Desalegn
Ato Hailemariam Desalegn will be confirmed by the Ethiopian Parliament on Thursday.

Ethiopia's parliament is preparing to hold an emergency session to swear in the successor to the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, who died on Monday.

Parliament is set to meet Thursday to install the new prime minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, who has served as Meles' deputy since 2010.

Desalegn is to serve out the remainder of Meles' term, which ends in 2015.

Haile Mariam was born in 1965 in the Boloso Sore district of the Wolaita Zone in southern Ethiopia. He studied and spent most of his youth in the area. In 1988, Haile Mariam obtained a Bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the Addis Ababa University

Haile Mariam Desalegne born 19 July 1965 is an Ethiopian politician who has served in the government of Ethiopia as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs since 2010. Following the death of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi on 20 August 2012, Desalegne was named acting prime minister and will remain in the position until new elections in 2015

The body of the leader who ruled and tightly controlled Ethiopia for more than 20 years arrived in Addis Ababa late Tuesday.

Thousands of Ethiopians turned out for the arrival, many wailing, carrying pictures of Meles and holding up candles.


World leaders remembered Meles for helping to develop Ethiopia and bring security to the Horn of Africa region. Rights group said he will be remembered for human rights violations and creating a more repressive government.

The 57-year-old leader died late Monday from an infection while being treated abroad, according Ethiopia's communications minister

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