The Nomination of Dr. Abiy Ahmed as a Ethiopian Premier by TPLF controlled EPRDF- a facade not a change in continuity?
Abiy’ rise to become Prime Minister – head of government – is premised on approval by the TPLF’s Council and subsequent approval by the parliament. EPRDF election process is a mere formality. He will take over from Hailemariam Desalegn who resigned his post in mid-February amid of mass protest.
He completed a PhD in 2017 from Institute for Peace and Security Studies at Addis Ababa University.
Abiy was elected on Thursday as chairman of the TPLF puppet Oromo Peoples’ Democratic Organization (OPDO), which boosted his chances of being appointed the premier.
He comes from a military and intelligence background and ranked as high as a colonel in the TPLF dominated Ethiopian army. He was also a member of the peacekeeping force that was deployed in Rwanda.
The violence erupted in the Oromo and Amhara regions in 2015 and 2016 over opposition to a plan to expand the capital Addis Ababa. The demonstrations then turned into protests against political restrictions and human rights violations. Hundreds of people have killed thousands in prison in the unrest.
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