Gedu Andargachew Resigns; Ambachew Mekonnen Elected Chief Administrator of Amhara Region
March 8, 2019 (Ezega.com) - The Amhara regional council accepted the resignation letter submitted by Gedu Andargachew early this morning, according to FBC news.
In his place, the Amhara regional council elected Dr. Ambachew Mekonnen as Chief Administrator of the Amhara Regional State.
Prior to his newappointment, the new Chief Administrator Dr. Ambachew Mekonnen had served as Infrastructure and Urban Development Advisor to the Prime Minister.
The news emerged in the last day of Amhara Regional Council’s congress on Friday.
No reason was given for Gedu Andargachew's resignation or whether this is related to the current discontent within the Amhara region regarding the region's role in Ethiopian politics. But sources tell it has been a couple of weeks since he submitted resignation letter on his own.
Social media sources indicate that Gedu was saying that some sections of his party were not behind him, especially the youth circles who are loyal to figures such as General Asaminew Tsige.
It is unknown what role he will play going forward, but there is speculation that he will assume a federal position.
A farewell party was organized for Gedu at Avanti Blue Nile Resort Hotel in Bahir Dar which was attended by the Prime Minister.
In a dinner held to mark the event, the chairman of the Amhara Democractic Party (ADM), Demeke Mekonnen, praised the outgoing Chief Administrator of the Amhara.
Demeke Mekonnen did not say why Gedu Andargachew submitted his resignation. He just said that his resignation was accepted by the party.
Migbaru Kebede is also appointed by the Amhara ruling party ADP as deputy President of Amhara Region, according to the report.
Ambachew Mekonnen earned a master’s degree in public policy from Korean Development Institute in 2000. He then went on to the U.K. to earn his Ph.D.
Gedu Andargachew is believed to have played a critical role in the changes that took place in Ethiopia in the last few years, and he was one of the main figures behind the new Oromo-Amhara alliance that drove the TPLF out.