Ethiopian esat program in Addis Ababa A long awaited cabinet reshuffle by Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn came to a surprising end on Nov. 29th last year when the Prime Minister gave his list of new cabinet members for approval to the ruling party dominated House of People’s Representatives.
In addition to his pick for the highly expected position of the next Minister for Foreign Affairs, which was assumed by Dr. Tedros Adnahon, former minister of health, PM Hailemariam appointed two more Deputy Prime Ministers. Accordingly, Debretsion Gebremichael (PhD), Minister of Information Technology and Deputy Chairman of Tigray Peoples’ Liberation Front (TPLF), was appointed as Finance and Economic Cluster Coordinator with the rank of Deputy Prime Minister, and Muktar Kedir, advisor to the PM and Deputy Chairman of the Oromo Peoples’ Democratic Organization (OPDO), was appointed as Good Governance Reform Cluster Coordinator with the rank of Deputy Prime Minister. Muktar has also replaced Junadi Sado, the embattled Minister of Civil Service whose wife is facing terrorism charges along with 29 Ethiopian Muslims. TPLF and OPDO are two of the four founding parties of the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF). The other two are The Amhara National Democratic Movement (ANDM) from which Demeke Mekonnen, Minister of Education and the first Deputy Prime Minister came, and South Ethiopian Peoples’ Democratic Movement (SEPDM), from which PM Hailemariam came.
At first rumors of the likely appointment of two more Deputy Prime Ministers (DPMs) started surfacing following the appointment as Chairman of EPRDF of PM Hailemariam Desalegn in September last year. However government chief spokesperson Bereket Simon entirely dismissed such possibilities when asked by this magazine and other journalists on Sep. 15th last year. Three months later, however, PM Hailemariam assigned two more DPMs.