Ethiopia appoints its first female president

Ethiopia: Parliament to decide president's resignation

Ethiopia: Parliament to decide president's resignation

The two houses of the Ethiopian parliament would convene their second special meeting on Thursday to decide on the resignation submitted by President Mulatu Teshome Wirtu.

Zewde, also used the occasion to highlight the plight of mothers and women in Ethiopia, urging the lawmakers to work towards building a society that rejects oppression of women.

4 - Other worldwide positions she has previously held include: - Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in the Central African Republic (BINUCA) - Permanent Representative of Ethiopia to the African Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) - At home, Director-General for African Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

"She is the first female head of state in modern Ethiopia", Fitsum Arega, Abiy's chief of staff, said on Twitter.

Sahle-Work, 69, has served since June as the United Nation's special representative to the African Union as an under-secretary-general. Sahle-Work Zewde on her election earlier today to the position of President of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia.

Ahmed slashed eight of the country's ministerial seats - from 28 to 20 - and hired more women, who now make up half of the country's highest-ranking state official body.

Ethiopia follows a parliamentary system that places the majority of powers in the hands of the legislature and prime minister, with the presidency a largely symbolic post.

"When there is no peace in the country, mothers will be frustrated".

In her acceptance speech, President Sahle-Work spoke about the importance of maintaining peace, local media freedom.

Sahle-Work's appointment comes amid a Cabinet reshuffle and radical political reforms by Abiy, who took office in April and, at 41, is Africa's youngest leader.

The appointment of Zewde, 68, came shortly after the approval of Teshome's resignation request by the two houses' joint extraordinary session.

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