Ethiopia First Female President

Ethiopian lawmakers have taken the step to unanimously elect the country’s first female president.

Sahle-Work Zewde, 69, has been a top diplomat in the country, serving the country is various top posts. Her appointment comes in the midst of a Cabinet reshuffle where she replaces Mulatu Teshome, who resigned on Wednesday from the presidency.

Zewde expressed her gratitude for the election and in her acceptance speech, said that she is willing and eager to take on this duty.

Ethiopia has been on the road to more female-centric appointments and leadership and this has become the most significant step thus far.

The new president said she will focus on bringing together all sides to achieve peace in a country despite the rise in ethnic-based conflicts in the past few months.

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