Ethiopia’s ruling coalition re-elects PM Abiy Ahmed as its chair

Ethiopia’s ruling coalition re-elects PM Abiy Ahmed as its chair

Abiy assumed power in April after his predecessor resigned following three years of unrest. Abiy “will lead the ruling party until the next congress”, his chief of staff Fitsum Arega wrote on his Twitter feed.

The re-election of Abiy, by a secret ballot at the end of the coalition’s three-day congress, was expected.Slide 34 of 34: Solar Energy Racers, a Swiss entrant, finishes Day 7 of the Sasol Solar Challenge, on September 28, 2018, in Swellendam, South Africa. - The eight-day race has South African and international solar-powered cars, vying to rack up as much distance as they can on roads and loops between Pretoria and Cape Town. (Photo by RODGER BOSCH / AFP)        (Photo credit should read RODGER BOSCH/AFP/Getty Images)

Six months ago Abiy took the helm of the once Marxist-Leninist EPRDF at a moment of crisis for the coalition that has ruled Ethiopia with an iron fist since toppling a military regime and taking power in 1991.

The changes that he has introduced since taking office include making peace with arch-foe Eritrea, freeing political prisoners, pledging to open up the state-controlled economy and promising to overhaul the security services.

There has also been a surge in violence along ethnic lines since he came to power, however.

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