Hailemariam Dessalgne has become the Chairman of the Ethiopian ruling party, the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) in a meeting that the Front’s Council held today, according to De Birhan sources. The Chairperson is “highly likely” to become the Prime Minister of the Country once sworn in parliament. Hailemaraim was the Front’s Deputy until the death of the Chairperson, the late Meles Zenawi. Hailemariam was born in 1965 in the Boloso Sore district of the Wolayita Zone in southern Ethiopia. He was President of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People’s Region (SNNPR) from November 2001 to March 2006 and was promoted as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs in October 2010.
While Demeke Mekonen of Amhara National Democratic Movement (ANDM) has been elected as the Deputy Chairman of EPRDF, according to De Birhan’s inside sources. The head of ANDM, Demeke Mekonen, is also the Minister of Education. According to De Birhan sources Demeke comes from a Amhara family from Wollo and grew up as an orphan in Chagni, Gojjam, Ethiopia with foster parents. He comes from a teaching background.
EPRDF’s 180 member Council had commenced its regular meeting on 14 Sep. 2012, and continued today to elect its Chairperson and Deputy.
The Front in its statement had said yesterday that the council had already discussed and approved the draft agenda. The Council had deliberated on a document entitled” building the leadership and the stride of the renaissance” that focuses on the procedural, organizational and outlook.
In addition to the four major member parties of the EPRDF, the Front said “Chairpersons of the parties allied to the EPRDF of Somali, Afar, Harari, Benshangul-Gumuz, and Gambella as well as Presidents of Regional States” were invited as guests.
We have learnt that Government Communication Minister, Bereket Simon and EPRDF’s Public Mobilization Head, Redwan Hussien are soon to give an official press conference to journalists at the Hilton Hotel, Addis Abeba regarding the election.
In the press conference, Bereket reportedly said that the Front had agreed that they the three candidates(the third is unknown so far) should not be from those who took part in the armed struggle and new members.