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Ethiopia's new PM sworn into office

09-22-2012 03:28 BJT

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Ethiopia’s new Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has taken the oath of office. He had served as the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister since 2010. The new PM pledged to continue in the footsteps of former Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, who died last month.

Hailemariam Desalegn, Ethiopian PM, said, "We will do this while sticking to the path that has already been laid down by the party under Prime Minister Meles’ leadership. My responsibility is to ensure the continuity of his policies and honor his legacy."

The 47-year-old Prime Minister was elected last week as the chairman of the ruling coalition, the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), which holds an overwhelming majority in parliament. No vote was held.

Instead the ruling party, which controls all but one of the 547 seats in parliament, announced its choice for prime minister. The only opposition member of parliament, Girma Seifu, said he sees a brighter future for Ethiopia with Hailemariam in charge.



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