Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn announced his new Cabinet on Tuesday October 1, 2016, which the House of People’s Representatives unanimously approved. He also abolished the recently introduced two Deputy Prime Ministerial positions that were held by Dr. Debretsion Gebremichael and Aster Mamo.
The new cabinet has 21 new appointees that include some ministers being reshuffled to other posts. He said the new ministers were picked for competence and commitment rather than “party loyalty.”
Workneh Gebeyehu, replaces Tedros Adhanom as the new top diplomat at the Ministry of foreign Affairs. Tedros is currently a candidate vying to be the next World Health Organization chief. Tedros who is popular in social media wrote on his facebook page that he is happy for the opportunities to help Ethiopia . “I have been humbled to serve my country in many positions including eight years as a Minister of Health and four years as a Foreign Minister. I am extremely grateful to the Ethiopian people and the Government of Ethiopia for allowing me to serve our great country. I also thank the Government of Ethiopia for letting me now focus on my candidacy for Director-General of the World Health Organization. I am grateful for your support of my leadership and continued partnership and collaboration going forward. Together we can unite the world to attain universal health coverage & achieve the SDGs. Thank you all very much for the best wishes.”
Communications Minister and government spokesman Getachew Reda was also replaced by Dr. Negeri Lencho, the head of the journalism and communications college at Addis Ababa University.
Nine Ministers kept their previous posts in the Cabinet reshuffle, including Defense Minister Siraj Fegessa, Minister of Communication and Information Technology Dr. Debretsion Gebremichael and the Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen.
The other notable appointment is that of Dr. Abraham Tekeste as Minister of Finance and Economic Cooperation replacing Abdulaziz Mohammed.
Other new faces include: Dr Bekele Gulado, Minister of Trade, Dr Eyasu Abreha, Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Ahmed Shide, Minister of Transport, Dr Ambachew Mekonnen Minister of Urban Development and Housing, and Dr. Eng. Sileshi Bekele Minister of Water, Irrigation and Electricity.
Moreover Dr Shiferaw Teklemariam is appointed as Minister of Education, Prof. Yifru Birhane as Minister of Health, and Kebede Chane as Head of Ethiopian Revenue and Customs Authority under a ministerial portfolio