Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome Stepping Down Tomorrow

Ethiopian-President-Stepping-DwonOctober 24, 2018 - Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome is stepping down tmorrow as President of Ethiopia, according state media reports.

No reason has been given for his resignation at this point. But many people speculate that this may have to do with power balance between the ethnic groups.

President Mulatu Teshome is an Ethiopian Oromo in ethnicity, as is the current Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed.

Following Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome Stepping Down Tomorrow, the House of People’s Representatives (HPR) and the House of Federation (HoF) will hold a joint special session to choose his replacement.

Dr. Mulatu Teshome has been president of Ethiopia since October 7, 2013, the fourth president since the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) held power in Ethiopia.

The Ethiopian presidency is largely a ceremonial post, after the country adopted a parliamentary system under the EPRDF government led by the late Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Meles Zenawi.

President Mulatu Teshome is the third president of Ethiopia since a new constitution was adopted in 1995. Before him, President Negasso Gidada served from 1995 to 2001, and President Girma Wolde-Giorgis from 2001 to 2013.

Ethiopian lawmakers will meet on Thursday to appoint a new president. It is expected that the nominee will be chosen by agreement within the ruling coalition, EPRDF, taking the ethnic power balance between the top echelon within the ruling party.



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