Ethiopian PM announces new cabinet

Reshuffle is seen as part of a series of reforms aimed to forge consensus on the back of violent protests in Oromia

Ethiopian PM announces new cabinet

World Bulletin / News Desk

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on Tuesday announced a cabinet reshuffle weeks into a state of emergency that followed waves of civil unrest in parts of Oromia and Amhara. 

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.

 

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