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The Cabinet makeover Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn (HMD) has announced on Thursday, November 29, 2012, took political pundits by surprise


The Cabinet makeover Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn (HMD) has announced on Thursday, November 29, 2012, took political pundits by surprise. Hardly anyone saw it coming, although there were those wondering whether he had any intention to reshuffle his cabinet prior to a major convention by the ruling party scheduled for February 2013.

Last week’s confirmation by Parliament of Muktar Kedir, chief of staff, and Debrestion Gebremichael (PhD), minister of Communications & Information Technology, in the rank of deputy prime ministers was, however, short of a complete reshuffling of the cabinet.

HMD told Parliament last week that his administration has formed three clusters under the three deputies, (pictured above: Demeke Mokonnen, left, Muktar and Debrestion, right) responsible for social; finance and economy; and good governance and reform respectively.

This was made to reinforce the cabinet in its bid to provide effective leadership, HMD told MPs. Such makeover has brought a change in the Ministry of Civil Service, where Muktar quietly replaced Junadin Sado, whose wife is one of 29 Muslim activists defending charges of terrorist acts at the Federal High Court.

Change of guards were seen in other cabinet portfolios such as ministers of Health and Foreign Affairs, after Tewodros Adhanom (PhD) was moved to the foreign office, which has been vacant ever since HMD became prime minister.

Kesetebrehan Admasu (MD) was promoted to minister of Health, where he has been serving as a state minister for the past two years. Parliament has also confirmed the appointment of Kebede Chane as minister of Trade, a position he has held for the past eight months.

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Published on Dec 02,2012 [ Vol 13 ,No 657]


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