Abiye Ahmed is new Ethiopia Prime Minister

Abiye Ahmed is new Ethiopia Prime Minister

Ethiopia’s ruling coalition has voted in Abiye Ahmed as new prime minister following the resignation of Hailemariam Desalegn last month, the state-run media said.

According to the Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation, the 180-member council of the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) chose Abiye to succeed Hailemariam as the chairperson of the coalition, meaning he automatically becomes premier.

“In today’s session, the council held a vote and elected Abiye Ahmed as chairperson,” said the EBC presenter, without giving further details.

State-affiliated outlets said Abiye won over 60 percent of all votes in the council.

Abiye, who hails from the Oromo ethnic group, will take over the government of Africa’s second most populous country.

The ruling coalition has struggled to contain persistent and violent unrest since 2015, the biggest challenge to its hold on power since 1991.

Hailemariam resigned last month to pave the way for reforms. The move came after demonstrations demanding the release of opposition members.