Ethiopia President Dr Mulatu Toshome Resign Tomorrow
Perhaps the most resonating reshuffle is the suspension of Azeb Mesfin, the former first lady and chairwoman of EFFORT, from all party activities on account of disciplinary misconduct during recent party meeting. The decision to keep Azeb as central committee member is something that is up for the party’s congress which is expected to be conducted shortly. Nevertheless, the decision to suspend her signaled yet again the stronghold the age-old party tradition has on its members and no one, including Azeb, is above those principles.
Apart from that, the party named Debretsion Gebremichael (PhD), Minister of Information and Communication Technology, who has served as the deputy chairman of the party in the outgoing leadership. Fetlework Gebregziabher, another member of the executive committee, was also picked to hold the deputy chair position.
On top that, the central committee voted to replace the four TPLF executive committee members including Tedros Adhanom (PhD), who vacated his position to go serve as director general of the World Health Organization (WHO). Consequently, Asmelash Woldeselassie, Government Whip, Getachew Reda, head of Justice and Legal System Research Institute, Keria Ibrahim, from the TPLF secretariat and Abraham Tekeste (PhD), minister of Finance and Economic Cooperation (MoFEC) were elevated to the executive committee. As a result, apart from the chairman and the deputy, Getachew Assefa, head of National Intelligence and Security Services, Alem Gebrewahid, head of TPLF secretariat, and Addisalem Balema (PhD), vice President of the Tigray Regional State, would make up the new executive committee of TPLF along with the new inductees.
In the broader context of the EPRDF, the process of “deep” renewal, which the four parties started last August, had some interesting outcomes thus far. The Oromo People’s Democratic Organization (OPDO) was the first to make changes to its top leadership replacing Muktar Kedir and Aster Mamo with Lemma Megerssa and Workineh Gebeyehu (PhD). The Southern Ethiopian Peoples’ Democratic Movement (SPDM) and Amhara National Democratic Movement (ANDM) as well have conducted their conferences and made reshuffles before TPLF although not as radical.