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Ethiopia’s Prime Minister to Announce Cabinet Shuffle

The Ethiopian Prime Minister will shuffle its cabinet on November 1, 2016, as a response to the current turmoil across the country that has led to the declaration of sis months state of emergency, according to local newspaper, Fortune.

The administration of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn hopes the new cabinet will aid in restoring confidence in the government. Tomorrow, Nov. 1, the Prime Minister is expected to appear before Parliament, to present the newly structured administration and nominate ministers.

It is too early to obtain the full picture of the cabinet shuffle, since last minute negotiations are taking place among leaders of the parties in the governing coalition, the EPRDF. According to sources from prominent Ethiopian pro-government blogger, Daniel Berhane’s HornAffairs blog, the following reshuffle is expected.

1/ Workneh Gebeyehu (PhD) (OPDO/EPRDF) – Minister of Foreign Affairs.
2 / Abreham Tekesete (PhD) (TPLF/EPRDF) – Minister of Finance and Economic Cooperation.
3/ Shiferaw Tekelemariam (PhD) (SPDM/EPRDF) – Minister of Education.
4/ Eyasu Abraha (PhD) (TPLF/EPRDF) – Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resource Development.
5/ Ahmed Shide (ESPDP) – Minister of Transport.
6/ Negeri Lencho (PhD) (OPDO/EPRDF) – head of Government Communication Affairs Office (GCAO) with the rank of Minister.
7/ Dr. Keseteberhan Admasu (SEPDM/EPRDF) – Minister of Youth and Sports.
8/ Sheferaw Shegute (SEPDM/EPRDF) – head of the EPRDF secretariat.

According to Fortune, Five ministries are for instance expected to be taken over by individuals who are not either party members or not in the top echelon of the party’s machinery, according to sources. Ministries of Health, Agriculture, Public Service, Science & Technology, as well as Water & Irrigation are all expected to have new ministers, these sources disclosed. These ministers will be of no party affiliation or without highest portfolio in the party structure, said people familiar with the issue. Abraha Tekeste (PhD), the state minister for Planning Commission, is reportedly to be appointed as Minister of Finance & Economic Cooperation, where he had long served as a state minister under Sufian Ahmed. The biggest prize, however, is reportedly going to Worqneh Gebeyehu (PhD), who is currently serving as Minister of Transport. He will be replaced there by Ahmed Shidie, known as a polished and sophisticated politician, now serving as a state minister for Finance & Economic Cooperation. Recently elected as deputy chairman of the OPDO, Worqneh is likely to replace Tedros Adhanom (PhD)from the TPLF as a Foreign Minister. It is a highly valued office in the federal government mostly held for 25 years by politicians from the TPLF, but recently seen a battleground for leaders from the OPDO and ANDM. Tedros is currently campaigning to serve as director of the World Health Organization (WHO), and would be the first African to hold such office if he gets elected in April 2017.

 

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