Ethiopia’s Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen has announced his resignation from the prominent role within the governing Prosperity Party (PP). The announcement was made during the ongoing convention of the PP’s central committee, marking a significant shift in the country’s political landscape.
Mr Demeke, who also serves as the country’s foreign minister, will not only step down from his position within the party but also relinquish his ministerial roles, as reported by local media.
The veteran politician, hailing from the Amhara region, has played a crucial role as deputy prime minister since 2012, providing continuity during periods of political turbulence. His departure comes at a time when the Amhara region has been grappling with armed conflicts over the past six months.
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Demeke Mekonnen’s resignation signals a change in leadership within the PP, a party that has been central to Ethiopia’s political landscape. He assumed the role of foreign minister in 2020, further solidifying his influence in key government affairs.
As Ethiopia navigates through ongoing political shifts, Temesgen Tiruneh, the head of the intelligence service, has been elevated to the position of deputy chair of the PP. Reports suggest that he could also be appointed to fill Mr Demeke’s ministerial positions, adding to the evolving dynamics within the party.
The PP’s convention is expected to bring further changes, reflecting the party’s response to the evolving political landscape in Ethiopia. With Demeke Mekonnen’s departure, the country anticipates further developments that will shape the future trajectory of its political leadership.