Ethiopia’s Changing Things Up

November 2, 2018
Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Photo Credit: Mark Neyman / Government Press Office (Israel) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
A lot of changes are happening in Ethiopia. In April, Abiy Ahmed took over as Prime Minister of Ethiopia when former Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn unexpectedly resigned. Since then, Prime Minister Ahmed has ended a twenty-year war with neighboring country Eritrea, released imprisoned opposition leaders, unblocked censored websites and TV networks, and made efforts to re-establish relations with other countries. He’s been busy, we know! But if you think he’s done, he most certainly is not. In fact, it looks like he’s only just begun! His latest efforts have been seen as a move toward gender equality. Two weeks ago, he decided to clean up his Cabinet, eliminating eight of the twenty-eight positions and appointing half of the remaining positions to women.

Ethiopia’s President Sahle-Work Zewde Photo Credit: By J.Marchand [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
A week later, Ethiopia’s parliament appointed Ms. Sahle-Work Zewde to the position of President of Ethiopia—a first for the country. Although the role of president is mostly ceremonial, it’s still a very big deal. After all, she is now the head of state and serves one of the highest positions in the Ethiopian government. Interesting how one change in leadership can make such a huge impact in a country, right? What’s next for Ethiopia? We’ll keep you updated.