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Ethiopia's OPDO picks new chairman in bid to produce next Prime Minister

Ethiopia's OPDO picks new chairman in bid to produce next Prime Minister

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<p>Ethiopia’s Oromo People Democratic Organization (<span class="caps">OPDO</span>) has elected a new leader in the person of Dr. Abiy Ahmed, the Addis Standard portal reports. </p> <p>The party’s 81-member Central Committee voted for the new changes on Thursday. The move is seen as a bid to position Ahmed as the next Prime Minister of the country.</p> <p>He takes the post of <span class="caps">OPDO</span> Chairperson and replaces Lemma Megerssa the immediate past occupant of the role. Megerssa drops to the post of deputy <span class="caps">OPDO</span> chair but maintains his post as president of the Oromia region. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Dr. Abiy Ahmed, formerly the minister of Science & Technology, has moved to become deputy chairman of the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/OPDO?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#OPDO</a>, one of the parties that make up the ruling <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/EPRDF?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#EPRDF</a>, and head of its secretariat under the new leadership of Lemma Megerssa (seen below). <a href="https://t.co/4pH20ftNMG">pic.twitter.com/4pH20ftNMG</a></p>— Addis Standard (@addisstandard) <a href="https://twitter.com/addisstandard/status/966613757588893696?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 22, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Dr. Abiy Ahmed’s appointment as chairman of the <span class="caps">OPDO</span> came after the party’s 15 member executive committee, led by Lemma Megeressa, reached at a consensus on Monday this week to replace him as the chairman, the Addis Standard added.</p> <p>The post of Prime Minister became vacant after the resignation a week ago of PM Hailemariam Desalegn. The ruling Ethiopia Peoples Democratic Front (<span class="caps">EPRDF</span>) is expected to go to congress to elect Desalegn’s successor. He is continuing in the role till congress decides.</p> <p>The four parties under the <span class="caps">EPRDF</span> include the <span class="caps">OPDO</span>, the Amhara National Democratic Movement (<span class="caps">ANDM</span>), the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (<span class="caps">TPLF</span>) and the Southern Ethiopian People’s Democratic Movement (<span class="caps">SEPDM</span>). </p> <p>Desalegn belonged to the <span class="caps">SEPDM</span> whiles the late PM Meles Zenawi belonged to the <span class="caps">TPLF</span>. The coalition holds 100% seats of the parliament. The country is due to return to the polls in 2020.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">'Game Over,' U.S. Congressman jabs Ethiopia's <span class="caps">TPLF</span> <a href="https://t.co/LQqgvCXlha">https://t.co/LQqgvCXlha</a></p>— africanews (@africanews) <a href="https://twitter.com/africanews/status/966324665181507585?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 21, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p><strong><em>Photo credit: <span class="caps">OPDO</span>-official (Facebook)</em></strong></p>
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