63-year-old Ethiopia’s president resigns amid cabinet reshuffle

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63-year-old Ethiopia’s President, Mulatu Teshome on Wednesday filed resignation request to the Ethiopian Parliament.

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Teshome, who had often spoken for a more democratic and inclusive government, has been the East African country’s head of state since October 2013. He submitted his letter of resignation to the Ethiopian parliament’s two houses.

The joint extraordinary session of the Ethiopian parliament will deliberate on the president’s application for resignation and will elect a new president.

The president, who conducted his doctoral studies in international law at Peking University in China, was unanimously appointed as Ethiopia’s president on October 7, 2013 while he was serving as Ethiopia’s ambassador to Turkey.

Teshome is a member of Oromo Democratic Party, one of the four-member parties of the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front.

His imminent resignation also came shortly after Ethiopian government’s cabinet reshuffle.

The Ethiopian House of People’s Representatives, the Ethiopian parliament’s lower house, earlier approved the appointment of 16 new cabinet members upon the endorsement of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, in which only four of the previous cabinet’s members remained in their positions.

Teshome, 63, had served in various high-level Ethiopian government offices and ministries as Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Cooperation, Minister of Agriculture, and Spokesperson of the House of Federation.

He also served in various diplomatic missions representing the east African country to China, Turkey, Japan, Thailand and Azerbaijan.

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