Ethiopian Premier Puts Ally in Defense to Address Insecurity

  • Former anti-corruption official moves to petroleum ministry
  • Abiy moves fellow ethnic Oromo Motuma to defense ministry

By Nizar Manek, 19 April 2018
(Bloomberg) --
Ethiopia’s new prime minister named a political ally as defense minister as he seeks to address two years of insecurity that prompted his predecessor’s resignation two months ago.
Motuma Mekessa’s switch to the defense portfolio from the petroleum ministry was among 16 changes Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed made to his cabinet on Thursday. The reshuffle signifies the government’s desire to “solve people’s complaints” and combat corruption, Abiy said in a speech broadcast on state television in the capital, Addis Ababa.
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