Abiy Ahmed elected as chairman of Ethiopia’s ruling coalition

EPRDF picks Abiy Ahmed as its chairman, paving the way for the Oromo leader to become Ethiopia’s prime minister.

Mass protests erupted in Ethiopia's populous Oromia region in 2015 [File: Tiksa Negeri/Reuters]
Mass protests erupted in Ethiopia’s populous Oromia region in 2015 [File: Tiksa Negeri/Reuters]

Ethiopia’s ruling coalition has elected Abiy Ahmed as its new chairman, according to state media.

The announcement on Tuesday by state broadcaster FANA means that Ahmed, who hails from the Oromo ethnic group, is now expected to succeed Hailemariam Desalegn as Ethiopia’s prime minister.

The chairman of the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) coalition has historically also taken on prime minister duties.

The EPRDF and its allies control all 547 seats in Ethiopia’s parliament, which must confirm the new prime minister.

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