Ethiopia’s ruling coalition re-elects PM Abiy Ahmed as its chair
The re-election of Abiy, by a secret ballot at the end of the coalition’s three-day congress, was expected.
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.