Haile Mariam Desalegne’s daughter gets extra security

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By T, Staffer of De Birhan Media
22 August 2012 


Joanna Hailemariam Desalegne, 22, the eldest daughter of the current Acting Prime Minister of Ethiopia who took over on the steps of the late Meles Zenawi, has been accorded ‘extra security’ since Monday, sources informed De Brihan


Joanna who studied her secondary education in Dandi Boru, Bole Addis Abeba and now a student at the Addis Abeba University has been separated from her everyday  friends, accorded with new private chauffeur and security.  


In cautions of safety, Jonna is now receiving similar protection and security protocol that Semhal Meles, daughter of the late Prime Minster used to be given.  Meles Zenawi’s Chief of Protocol has now began grooming Joanna. 



Joanna Hailemariam Desalegne
Hailemariam said in a 2010 interview that he came back to Ethiopia because of family — his daughter had been born when he was leaving the country, according to Assocaited Press report on August 21, 2012. Haile Mariam served in the government of Ethiopia as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs since     2010.
After the death of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi on 20 August 2012, Desalegn was named acting prime minister. Haile Mariam Desalegn is the first Protestant Christian (Pentay) head of government in the history of Ethiopia.


Born in the Wolaita Zone Boloso Sore District of Southern Ethiopia, Desalegn studied and spent most of his youth in Wolaita. He was President of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People’s Region (SNNPR) from November 2001 to March 2006 and was promoted as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs in October 2010.