Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has today formed his new cabinet members. The Prime minister presented sixteen names, of which ten are new names for ministerial positions, while the six were recycled from one ministry to another.
However, all members of Parliament who were given the chance to ask questions have expressed their concerns, reservations and objections to the proposed list on various grounds.
After responses by PM Abiy Ahmed to the questions raised by MPS, the parliament has approved the new cabinet members who were sworn in before end of the 21st regular session of the parliament.
Accordingly, the new list of members of the Prime Minister’s cabinet is comprised of the following sixteen ministers:
– Shiferaw Shigute, Minister of Agriculture & Livestock Resources
– Siraj Fegessa, minister of Transport
– Brehanu Tsegaye, Attorney General
– Ubah Mohammed, Minister of Communications & Technology
– Teshome Toga, Minister of State Enterprises
– Hirut Woldemariam (PhD), Minister of Works & Social Affairs
– Amir Aman (PhD), Minister of Health
– Meles Alemu, Minister of Mines & Energy
– Ambachew Mekonnen (PhD), Minister of Industry
– Ahmed Shidie, Minister of Government Communications
– Motuma Mekassa, Minister of Defense
– Fozia Amin, Minister of Culture & Tourism
– Umar Hussien, Director General of Revenues & Customs Authority
– Yealem Tsegaye, Minister of Youth & Women
– Melaku Aebel, Minister of Trade
– Janterar Abay, Minister of Urban Development & Construction
In a related development, the parliament has elected a new speaker, replacing Aba Dulla Gemeda, who was the speaker for the last six years. Accordingly, Muferait Kemil, former Minister at the Women Affairs Ministry, is now the new speaker of the House of people’s Representatives, making her the first female speaker of the house. Her appointment will also make the position of both the speaker and the deputy to be held by women. Shitaye Menale is the deputy speaker.