2nd Ethiopian member of MK sworn in Israel


Aleli Admasu, member of the right wing Likud party, was sworn in on October 15 , marking the second time  two Ethiopian MKs in the Knesset were seated at the same time. Admasu replaces Minister-without-Portfolio Yossi Peled, who resigned from the Knesset in September. The other Ethiopian immigrant in the 18th Knesset is MK ShlomoMolla (Kadima), who overlapped with Ethiopian-born MK Mazor Bahyna (Shas), from April 2008 until February of 2009. “What are the chances that someone born to a family of 11 children in a small Ethiopian village would be standing here?” Admasu asked, in his first and last speech to the 18th Knesset. The new Likud lawmaker added that he hopes to represent his party in the 19th Knesset as well. Admasu is still considered an MK, until after the next Knesset is sworn in,  in three months time.  Admasu, 50, is a father of seven from Rishon Lezion who emigrated from Ethiopia in 1983. During his  service in the Israel Defence Force (IDF), he participated in Operation Solomon, which brought more than 14,000 Ethiopian immigrants to Israel. He worked for the Industry, Trade and Labor Ministry for 14 years training Ethiopian immigrants for employment. Admasu also served as Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s adviser on the Ethiopian community.
(Jerusalem Post)