Published: Thu, October 25, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Ethiopia Elects Female President

Ethiopia Elects Female President

She will replace outgoing president Mulatu Teshome, who resigned unexpectedly.

Longtime diplomat Sahle-Work Zewde has become Ethiopia's first female president. "It is a historic moment for the people of Ethiopia, Africa and indeed the whole world", the President noted.

4 - Other global positions she has previously held include: - Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in the Central African Republic (BINUCA) - Permanent Representative of Ethiopia to the African Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) - At home, Director-General for African Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The prime minister, who is the head of state, holds executive power. "And the nominee shall be elected President if a joint session of the House of Peoples' Representatives and the House of the Federation approves his candidacy by a two-thirds majority vote".

Teshome, who has been the East African country's head of state since October 2013, submitted his letter of resignation to the Ethiopian parliament's two houses.

Zewde is at present United Nations under-Secretary-General and special representative of its Secretary General to the African Union.

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Ethiopian lawmakers last week approved a Cabinet with women making up a record 50 percent of ministers, including the country's first female defense minister.

"I am elated for Hon". In the Ethiopian constitution, the post of president is ceremonial with the prime minister holding the political power.

Zewde, a career diplomat and worldwide civil servant, joins the expanding league of distinguished African women to occupy the apex office on the continent with former presidents Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia and Joyce Banda of Malawi.

Kenyatta recalled that when the Ethiopian diplomat served in Nairobi as the director general of UNON, they held several fruitful consultative meetings and developed a great working relationship.

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