BREAKING: Ethiopia Appoints First Female President
Following the resignation of President Mulatu Teshome on Thursday, Ethiopia has appointed its first female president. In a unanimous vote, Ethiopian lawmakers picked career diplomat Sahle-Work Zewde to replace Mulatu Teshome. Sahle-Work, who is in her late 60s, has been Ethiopia’s ambassador to France, Djibouti, Senegal and the regional bloc, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD). As president she is expected to serve two six-year terms.
Political power in Ethiopia is wielded by the prime minister with the president’s role is restricted to attending ceremonies and functions.