Meles Appoints Twenty Ministers
Mekonnen Manyazewal, who has been serving as senior economist at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development and finally reached the state Minister level, has now appointed by Meles to replace the current Trade and Industry Minster, Girma Biru. “…Mekonnen will be the only person in the cabinet who doesn’t belong to any political party,” said Meles.
The existing Ministry of Trade and Industry is split in to two ministries and Mekonen has become the Minister of Trade, while Abdurahman Sheik Ahmed of the Somali Peoples Democratic Party, which is one of the four member party of EPRDF is appointed as the Ministry of Trade.
Out of the twenty ministry organizations, the powers and duties of about ten ministries are redefined by the new law tabled to the parliament and approved this morning. This includes merging women, children and youth affairs in one ministry called Ministry of Women, Children and Youth Affairs.
The energy sector is also split from the Ministry of Mines and Energy and merged with the newly established Ministry of Water and Energy, which is set to be led by former Minister of Mines and Energy Alemayehu Tegenu. Sinkinesh Ejigu, who was the former State Minister of Mines and Energy on her part, is now appointed to serve as Minister for the newly established of Ministry of Mines.
The former Addis Ababa city Administration Head, Mekuria Haile is also appointed as minister for the newly established Ministry of Urban Development and Construction.
The Ministry of Transport and Communications is also divided in to two ministries and Minister of Transport becomes one ministry to be led by Diriba Kuma, who was also the minister before the organization split.
Communications sector is merged with information technology forming Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, which will be led by the former Director of Information Communication Technology Development Agency Director, Debretsion Gebre Mariam.
Junedin Sado, who was Minister of Science and Technology, is now appointed by the Prime Minister Meles as Minister of Civil Service, which is established to fully replace the former Ministry of Capacity Building.
Desse Dalke, former Administrator Sidama Zone has now takes over the previous position of Junedin and became Minister of Science and Technology.
Hailemariam Desalegn, who is also appointed as Deputy Chairman of EPRDF, is now became Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs replacing Seyoum Mesfin.
Mohamed Dirrir the Minister of Culture and Tourism is now replaced by Amin Abdulkadir who also came from Somali Region. Abdulfeta Abdoulahi Hassen from the Somali Region is also appointed as Minister for Labor and Social Affairs.
Ministers for four ministries: Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture, and Ministry of Finance and Economic Development are given green light by Meles to continue with their existing ministers.
In addition to the twenty ministers, Meles also appointed former Minister of Youth and Sport Aster Mamo, is appointed as Representative of government at the Parliament. In addition, Bereket Simon- Government Communications Affairs Head and Melaku Fenta-Director of Revenue and Customs Authority are also allowed to continue in their current responsibilities and become members of the Cabinet.
The twenty ministers are as followss:
1. Hailemariam Desalegn…..Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs
2. Siraj Fegeta…………… Minister of Defense
3. Dr. Shiferaw Tekelemariam ………Minister of Federal Affairs
4. Berhane Hailu………..Minister of Justice
5. Junedin Sado ……………Minister of Civil Service
6. Sufian Ahmed………Minister of Finance and Economic Development
7. Tefera Deribew ……… Minister of Agriculture
8. Mekonnen Manyazewal……Minister of Industry
9. Abdurahman Shek Mohammed ………….Minister of Trade
10. Desse Dalke…… Minister of Science and Technology
11. Diriba Kuma…………………….Minister of Transport
12. Debretsion Gebremikael …….Minister of Communication and Information Technology
13. Mekuria Haile …..Minister of Urban Development and Construction
14. Alemayehu Tegenu….. ..Minister of Water and Energy
15. Sinknesh Ejigu…… Minister of Mines
16. Demeke Mekonnen ………Minister of Education
17. Dr. Tewodros Adhanom….Minister of Health
18.Abdulfetah Abdulahi Hassen — Minister of Labor and Social Affairs
19. Amin Abdulkadir ………Minister of Culture and Tourism
20. Zenebu Tadesse……….Minister of Women, Youth and Children’s Affairs
The House also approved the appointments of Bereket Simon as Government Communication
Office Head, Aster Mamo Government Chief Whip and Melaku Fanta Director General of the Ethiopian Revenues and Customs Authority all with the rank of Ministers.
Source: buisnessEthiopia and Walta