Our new president

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Despite weeks of speculation with a long list of names for the position of president, Mulatu Teshome (PhD) received the approval of the House of People’s Representatives as the next president of the nation.
He was formally elected on October 7, 2013 at the joint fourth-year first session of the House of Federation and the House of People’s Representatives.  
The newly-elected President Mulatu Teshome, 57, replaced Girma Woldegiorgis, who is 90 and first took the post in 2001 and was reelected in 2007. He served as the nation’s president for the last 12 years.
Under the constitution of Ethiopia, the president can only serve a maximum of two six-year terms and is the head-of-state, a largely symbolic and ceremonial post.
While officially the head-of-state, real power rests in the hands of the Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn.
Mulatu served as Ethiopia’s Ambassador to Turkey until his new appointment.
Personal Profile
Born in 1956, in the town of Arjo, East Wellega, Oromia Regional state, Mulatu Teshome has been lauded as the best choice to be President. He was educated in China, receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Political Economy, and a Doctorate degree in International Law at Peking University. He also has a Masters Degree in International Relations from Fletcher University of Law and Diplomacy.
In 1996, he started his career as the Ambassador to Japan and then was re-assigned to China. He was then recalled and was made Deputy Minister of the then Economic Development and Cooperation, which was led by Girma Birru. Later, he was promoted to become Minister of Agriculture in 2001. From 2002 onwards, he became the Speaker of the House of Federation. Finally, he was assigned in 2010 as Ethiopia’s Ambassador to Turkey.
While serving as Ambassador to Turkey, he was elected as President of Ethiopia by a unanimous parliamentary vote on 7 October 2013.
Mulatu is married and has one son.