Ethiopia Promotes 65 Army Officers, Including 5 Women Generals

By Staff Reporter

Generals-Promoted-EthiopiaJanuary 18, 2020 ( -- Ethiopian President Sahelework Zewdie on Saturday granted high-level military titles to 65 senior army officers ranging from Brigadier General to Lieutenant General as presented to her by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

Accordingly, 40 Colonels were promoted to the rank of Brigadier General; 19 Brigadier Generals to Major General; and 6 Major Generals to Lieutenant General posts. Five of the new generals are women, an unprecedented step in Ethiopian military history.

The promotion of six officers to Lieutenant General rank is a generous step compared to previous years. In the past six years, only six officers have been promoted to Lieutenant General rank. Prime Minister himself is on record saying that the country has been awarding general titles without adequate merit.

Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said the reform taking place within the army is bearing fruits and the demands of the army members are met.

Chief of Staff Adem Mohammed said the army is serving all the peoples of Ethiopia fairly and is equipped with the necessary knowledge of the constitution in order to safeguard the sovereignty of the nation.   

Meanwhile, in northern Ethiopia in Tigray state, a road linking Mekele city and to Samere town is closed by protesters who demanded the Hintalo locality regain its district status.

The road has been closed since Wednesday at a place called Dengolat about 60 kilometers south of Mekele city.

The protests came after a district known as Hintalo Wejerat was divided into two (Hintalo and Wejerat) and a district status was given to Wejerat with 11 stations by the regional government.

The protestors demanded Hintalo locality regain its district status refusing the decision by the regional government to merge with Hiwane district.

The residents demanded the regional administration reconsider its decision and facilitate conditions in which they have closer access to administrative and other services.

The residents said they would not remove the blockade they put on the road until their demands are met.

 “The decision made by the regional government contradicts with what the deputy president of Tigray state said that residents of the region should not travel more than 10 kilometers to get social and other services. If we are going to merge with Hiwane district, we would be obliged to travel 30 kilometers to get those services," the residents told reporters.

This article was updated on 01/20/2020 to correct the number of women promoted to the rank of general.

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