News / Africa

Hailemariam Sworn In as Ethiopia's PM

The new Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn (L) takes the oath of office during the swearing-in ceremony in Addis Ababa, September 21, 2012.
The new Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn (L) takes the oath of office during the swearing-in ceremony in Addis Ababa, September 21, 2012.
Hailemariam Desalegn has been sworn in as prime minister of Ethiopia. The new Ethiopian leader has pledged to continue the policies of his predecessor.
 
Ethiopia’s parliament approved the appointment of Hailemariam during an extraordinary session on Friday, several days after ruling coalition EPRDF elected him as its chairman. Hailemariam had been acting prime minister since the death of Meles Zenawi last month.

The president of Ethiopia's Supreme Court administered the oath of office to  Hailemariam Friday.

The new prime minister then gave an acceptance speech in parliament, in which he said that he will continue the legacy and vision of late Prime Minister Meles.

He said it will be the responsibility of us all to work, on the basis of collective leadership, to ensure the continued implementation of existing policies and strategies; to further enhance the far reaching results we have already achieved in the areas of economic development and democratization; and to successfully carry out the aims and ambitions of a great and notable leader.
 
Also Friday, Minister of Education Demeke Mekonen was sworn in as deputy prime minister.

Ashebir Woldegiorgis is the only independent member of parliament, which is overwhelmingly controlled by the EPRDF.

He says the collective leadership Hailemariam is referring to does not necessarily imply a change for Ethiopia.

“I think collective leadership in a sense, according to the constitution and according to the rules of the ruling party, is that part of the decisions can be taken by the parties and by the government in general and particularly by the prime minister. It will proceed like late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi,” he says.
 
Hailemariam will face several challenges leading the East African country. Although Ethiopia is one of the fastest growing economies in the world, the majority of people remain poor, and the country has had a hard time controlling inflation.

The Horn of Africa is also an unstable region with Islamist rebels fighting in Somalia and a there is a fragile peace deal between Sudan and South Sudan.
 
Hailemariam had served as minister of foreign affairs and deputy prime minister since 2010. His appointment introduces a new era for EPRDF in which a younger generation is coming to power that was not part of the armed struggle against the military junta of Hailemariam Mengistu.

The new prime minister is 47 years old and is part of the minority Wolayta ethnic group from southern Ethiopia.

You May Like

Philippines, Muslim Rebels Try to Salvage Peace Pact

Peace process faces major setback after botched military operation to find terrorists results in bloody gunbattle between government forces, Moro Islamic Liberation Front fighters More

Republicans Expect Long, Expensive Presidential Battle

Political strategist says eventual winner will be one who can put together strongest coalition of various conservative groups that make up Republican Party More

Video New Wheelchair Is Easier to Use, Increases Mobility

Engineers have come up with a lever-operated design that makes use of easily accessible bicycle technology More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: makda wood from: Nw Ethiopia
September 22, 2012 3:16 AM
Thank God for the new PM Hailemariam Desalegn,
The Ethiopian's parliament approved the appointement so he can do it May God bless Ethiopia.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Liberia's Almost Last Ebola Patient Grateful but Still Grievingi
X
Benno Muchler
March 26, 2015 3:41 PM
Beatrice Yardolo was to make history as Liberia’s last Ebola patient. Liberians recently started counting down 42 days, the period that has to go by without a single new infection until the World Health Organization can declare a country Ebola-free. That countdown stopped on March 20 when there was another new case of Ebola, making Yardolo’s story a reminder that Ebola is far from over. Benno Muchler reports from Monrovia.
Video

Video Liberia's Almost Last Ebola Patient Grateful but Still Grieving

Beatrice Yardolo was to make history as Liberia’s last Ebola patient. Liberians recently started counting down 42 days, the period that has to go by without a single new infection until the World Health Organization can declare a country Ebola-free. That countdown stopped on March 20 when there was another new case of Ebola, making Yardolo’s story a reminder that Ebola is far from over. Benno Muchler reports from Monrovia.
Video

Video Cambodian Land Grabs Threaten Traditional Communities

Indigenous communities in Cambodia's Ratanakiri province say the government’s economic land concession policy is taking away their land and traditional way of life, making many fear that their identity will soon be lost. Local authorities, though, have denied this is the case. VOA's Say Mony went to investigate and filed this report, narrated by Colin Lovett.
Video

Video US, South Korea Conduct Joint Military Exercises

The Eighth U.S. Army Division and the Eighth Republic of Korea Mechanized Infantry Division put on a well orchestrated show of force for the media this week during their joint military training exercises in South Korea. VOA’s Seoul correspondent Brian Padden was there and reports the soldiers were well disciplined both in conducting a complex live fire exercise and in staying on message with the press.
Video

Video Space Program Status Disappoints 'Last Man on the Moon'

One of the films that drew big crowds last week at the annual South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, tells the story of the last human being to stand on the moon, U.S. astronaut Eugene Cernan. It has been 42 years since Cernan returned from the moon and he laments that no one else has gone there since. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports.
Video

Video Young Filmmakers Shine Spotlight on Giving Back

A group of student filmmakers from across the United States joined President Barack Obama at the White House this month for the second annual White House Student Film Festival. Fifteen short films were officially selected from more than 1,500 entries by students aged 6 through 18. The filmmakers and their families then joined the president and a group of celebrities for a screening of their films. VOA’s Julie Taboh reports.
Video

Video VOA Exclusive: Interview with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, during his first visit as president to Washington, gave a one-on-one interview with VOA Afghan Service reporter Said Suleiman Ashna, about his request for a change in U.S. troop levels, the threat from the Islamic State, and repairing relations with the United States and Pakistan. The interview was held at Blair House, late Sunday, in Pashto.
Video

Video California Science Center Tells Story of Dead Sea Scrolls

The ancient manuscripts were uncovered in the mid-20th century, and they are still yielding clues about life and religious beliefs in ancient Israel. As VOA's Mike O'Sullivan reports, an exhibit in Los Angeles shows how modern science is bringing the history of these ancient documents to life.
Video

Video Angelina Jolie Takes Another Bold Step

Hollywood actress and filmmaker Angelina Jolie has revealed she had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to lower her odds of getting cancer. Doctors say the huge publicity over her decision will help raise awareness about the importance of cancer screening. VOA’s George Putic has more

All About America

Circumventing Censorship

An Internet Primer for Healthy Web Habits

As surveillance and censoring technologies advance, so, too, do new tools for your computer or mobile device that help protect your privacy and break through Internet censorship.
More