Ethiopia’s ruling coalition re-elects PM Abiy Ahmed as its chair
Ethiopia’s ruling EPRDF coalition on Friday extended the chairmanship of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, an official said, further anchoring the authority of the 42-year-old leader as he pushes through sweeping political and economic reforms.
Abiy took power in April after his predecessor resigned following three years of unrest. He will now lead the ruling coalition until the next congress, which usually takes places every two to three years.
Six months ago, the former army officer took the helm of the once Marxist-Leninist EPRDF at a moment of crisis for the coalition that has ruled Ethiopia with an iron fist since toppling a military regime and taking power in 1991.
There has also been a surge in violence along ethnic lines since he came to power, however.
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