World Bulletin / News Desk
Swathes of Ethiopia’s Oromia region had seen violent demonstrations following the killing of 56 people in a stampede on Oct. 2 that was triggered when police fired bullets and tear gas to disperse crowds at a Irreecha celebration in the south-central town of Bishoftu.
The government declared a state of emergency on Oct. 9, promising to take “deep reform measures”.
The government repeatedly admitted that protests were in part its own failures “to address popular grievances timely adequately.”
Announcing the appointees, the prime minister told parliament that the reshuffle was made in line with government promises for such measures as electoral reform and good governance.
Of the 30 ministerial positions, nine remained unchanged while 21 positions were reshuffled.