The Oromo Peoples’ Democratic Organization (OPDO), one of the four member parties of the ruling EPRDF, elected Muktar Kedir as its next president.
The party in its extraordinary assembly also elected Aster Mamo as vice president.
Muktar had been Administrator of Jimma Zone from 1999 to 2003, one of the ten zones in the region that includes the Special Zone established more than a week ago to administer the eight towns around Addis Abeba. He was also Secretary General of the Regional Government for months in between his jobs in Jimma and as Vice President of the region. Then he became the region’s vice president before moving to the party.
Muktar Kedir has also served as head of the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Affairs with a ministerial portfolio. Now he is Minister of Civil Service and Deputy Prime Minister of the Governance cluster.
He earned his first degree in Law from the Civil Service College and his second degree in International Leadership from Asuza Pacific University of California in August 2008
OPDO accepted its President Alemayehu Atomsa’s resignation on February 17.
Alemayehu, who is one of the youngest leaders of EPRDF, has been head of OPDO since September 2010.