Ethiopia’s parliament, the House of Peoples’ Representatives, has chosen a former Minister of Women’s Affairs, as its new speaker, state-affiliated FANA Broadcasting Corporate reports.
The report confirms earlier rumours that Muferiat Kamil was set to be named speaker. She replaces Abadula Gemeda who has been in the role since 2010.
It remains to be known what role Abadula will be taking after quitting the speaker position. Gemeda resigned his position last year in October, before rescinding that resignation on December 29, 2017.
Muferiat belongs to the Southern Ethiopia Peoples Democratic Movement (SEPDM) one of the constituent bodies of the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF).
Her party produced the immediate past Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn who resigned in February according to him, to allow the government to pursue democratic reforms.
Brief about Speaker Muferiat Kamil
In 2008, Muferiat Kamil, the new speaker became Minister of Women’s Affairs at the age of 32, at the time, the youngest appointee of the late Meles Zenawi. She was born in Jimma, the largest city in south-western Ethiopia. She Graduated from Haramaya University with BSc. degree in Agriculture in 2000.
She held different women affairs roles and from 2002 till her appointment as Public Relations Advisor to the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR) President in 2007. She has worked at the EPRDF office in Addis Ababa in April 2008, then as a junior public relations officer till her appointment as Minister of Women’s Affairs.
Ethiopia’s prime minister names cabinet
Mr Abiy became prime minister at the beginning of April.
Ethiopia’s new prime minister has named a new cabinet where six of the 16 members are from the previous cabinet, reports Reuter’s news agency.
Desalegn was replaced by Abiy Ahmed, the first ethnic Oromo to become PM. Abiy on Thursday announced a cabinet reshuffle of 29 ministers. Ten of them being new entrants, six reassigned portfolios.
Incidentally, one of the biggest issues raised by legislators during Abiy’s presentation of his cabinet was the absence of women on the list. He promised that more women will be named in a subsequent list.
Abiy Ahmed said on state television that he had reshuffled six ministers and introduced 10 more. He moved the former mining minister to the role of defence minister and kept the finance and foreign ministers in their roles, Reuters says.
He has requested parliament to ratify the change but as everyone in parliament is from the ruling coalition, observers say it is expected to go through.
Author: Staff Writer