Casablanca, Morocco (ADV) – The ruling Ethiopian coalition led Friday Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in a near-unanimous vote, signaling official support for its reform agenda, local radio and television broadcaster Fana reported.
The 177 electors of the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) have overwhelmingly voted in favor of Abiy and Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen at a coalition convention in Hawassa since Wednesday, Fana said.
Abiy took office in April as Prime Minister after being appointed by the EPRDF to succeed Hailemariam Desalegn, pushed to resign by anti-government demonstrations.
The protest movement began at the end of 2015 in the Oromo region (south and west), the largest ethnic group in the country, and then extended in 2016 to other regions, including that of Amhara (north).
The protesters expressed their anger over the absolute dominance of the EPRDF political space, which has been in power since 1991 and controls all seats in Parliament.
Since his appointment, Mr. Abiy, himself an Oromo, has multiplied major reforms, freeing thousands of dissidents and journalists, making peace with the intimate enemy, Eritrea, and announcing the privatization of large state-owned companies.
© Bur-csa – N.A – African Daily Voice (ADV)