Ethiopian president submits resignation letter to parliament

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Ethiopia’s President Mulatu Teshome  has filed resignation request to the Ethiopian Parliament, State news agency ENA reported. Teshome has been the East African country’s head of state since October 2013 and was expected to serve until 2019

Ethiopia’s parliament will on Thursday appoint a new president, to replace Mulatu Teshome, according to state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting (FanBC).

FanaBC said the parliament will hold a special session to accept Mulatu’s resignation and appoint his replacement.

While the position of president is largely ceremonial, Mulatu has consistently pronounced himself on issues affecting Ethiopia including recent economic and political reforms.\

The joint extraordinary session of the Ethiopian parliament on Thursday “will deliberate on the president’s application for resignation and will elect a new president,’’ according to ENA.

The erstwhile 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.

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

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