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Ethiopia hires its first female president

Ethiopia hires its first female president

Ethiopia's parliament has named Sahle-Work Zewde as the country's first woman president.

4 - Other worldwide positions she has previously held include: - Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in the Central African Republic (BINUCA) - Permanent Representative of Ethiopia to the African Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) - At home, Director-General for African Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Before today's historic election, Sahle-Work Zewde served as the United Nations Under-Secretary General and Special Representative of the Secretary General to the African Union.

Ethiopia's parliament appointed the country's first woman president Thursday, just days after the reformist prime minister unveiled a new Cabinet that is half female.

In her acceptance speech, President Sahle-Work spoke about the importance of maintaining peace. She is the first woman to hold such position.

However, the constitution also says "a member of either House shall vacate his seat if elected President", which implies a given premises of the head of state, largely a ceremonial role, being a member of either house.

Pope Francis walks next to then Director General of the United Nations Office at Nairobi Sahle Work Zewde in 2015
SIMON MAINA APPope Francis walks next to then Director General of the United Nations Office at Nairobi Sahle Work Zewde in 2015

She will replace outgoing president Mulatu Teshome, who resigned unexpectedly.

She will become the first female head of state since the coming into power of the current government led by EPRDF.

She is all set to be the first woman president of Ethiopia, but only after the joint session of the two legislative houses vote her to the role tomorrow.

The 68-year-old Zewde has promised to work hard to make gender equality a reality in the East Africa nation, calling on citizens to maintain peace.

"When Zewde served in Nairobi as the Director General of UNON, we held several fruitful consultative meetings and developed a great working relationship".

"It is this relationship that I look forward to strengthening as we work together for the mutual benefit of our two countries." said Kenyatta.

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