Ethiopian President Resigns

Molatu Teshome, President of Ethiopia
25 October 2018

Ethiopia's President, Mulatu Teshome yesterday filed resignation request to the Ethiopian Parliament, State news agency ENA reported.

Teshome, who has been the East African country's head of state since October 2013, yesterday submitted his letter of resignation as the Ethiopian parliament's two houses are scheduled to consider his resignation. The Houses would eventually name his successor in a joint extraordinary session on Thursday, the report said.

The joint extraordinary session of the Ethiopian parliament today "will deliberate on the president's application for resignation and will elect a new president," according to ENA.

The incumbent president, who conducted his doctoral studies in international law at Peking University in China, was unanimously appointed as Ethiopia's president on Oct. 7, 2013 while he was serving as Ethiopia's ambassador to Turkey. Teshome is a member of Oromo Democratic Party (ODP), one of the four member parties of the ruling Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF). Teshome's imminent resignation also came shortly after Ethiopian government's cabinet reshuffle.

The Ethiopian House of People's Representatives, the Ethiopian parliament's lower house, earlier approved the appointment of 16 new cabinet members upon the endorsement of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, in which only four of the previous cabinet's members remained in their positions.

Teshome, 63, had served in various high-level Ethiopian government offices and ministries as Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Cooperation, Minister of Agriculture, and Spokesperson of the House of Federation. He had also served in various diplomatic missions representing the east African country to China, Turkey, Japan, Thailand and Azerbaijan.

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