Ethiopia’s nominal Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalgen, who has said that he would announce a new cabinet in October 2016, to ease the political instability and protests in the Country. But due to the national crisis, he only made the announcement today in November 2016. Although he said he announced a new cabinet, his cabinet is still full of members of the EPRDF and the key posts are still under the hands of the TPLF. The only difference now is that ministers seem to be composed of people with higher education degrees, in attempt to argue that they have made the assignments based on “merits.” Similarly, in terms of ethnic composition, the PM, said Oromo ministers were made to dominate the cabinet but they all hold the least powerful ministries such as fishery, climate change, and children’s. Defense, Intel, justice, Federal Affairs and the security sector ministers and old guards still remain in tact owned by TPLFs: such as Information and Communication Minister Debrebretsion Gebremichael & Defence Minister Sirg Fegissa.
The one party parliament fully approved the appointments with no objection or abstinence.
Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu – Minister of Foreign Affairs
Tagese Chafo – Public Service Minister
Abraham Tekeste – Finance and Economic Minister
Dr. Bekele Gulado – Trade Minister
Professor Fekadu Beyene – Animal and Fishery Minister
Eyasu Abraha – Farming and Natural Resources Minister
Dr. Eng. Getahun Mekuria – Science and Technology Minister
Ahmed Shide – Transport Minister
Ambachew Mekonen – City Development and Housing Minister
Aisha Mohammed – Construction Minister
Dr. Sileshi Bekele – Water, Irrigation and Electricity Minister
Motuma Mekasa – Mineral, Natural Gas, Energy Minister
Gemedo Dali – Environment, Forestry and Climate Change
Dr. Shiferaw Teklemariam – Minister of Education
Prof. Yeferu Berhane – Minister of Health
Girma Amente – Government Development Enterprises Minister
Dr. Hirut Woldemariam – Tourism and Culture Minister
Demitu Hambisa – Women’s and Children Minister
Restu Yerda – Youth and Sports Minister
Kebede Chane – Revenue and Customs Minister
Dr. Negeri Lencho – Government Communications Minister
A local newspaper reported that another major change people familiar with the reshuffling expect is the departure from clusters under the rank of deputy prime ministers.
Was the question of Ethiopian protesters and oppositions cabinet reshuffle?