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  • List of Ethiopia’s new cabinet members

    Ethiopian government has reshuffled its cabinet today, 01 Nov 2016. Out of its ministers, only 9 has continued on their positions.

    Here is list of newly assigned ministers;

    1. Workneh Gebeyheu is the new Foreign Minister of Ethiopia

    2. Abreha Tekeste, former state minister of Finance, is now the new Minister of Finance & Economic Development

    3. Tagse Chafo, former Deputy President of Southern Region, is appointed as Public Service Minister

    4. Bekele Bulado (Dr),  appointed as Trade Minister, he is a new face in the  new cabinet.

    5. Professor Fekadu Beyene, is appointed as Minister of Livestock Development & Fisheries.

    6. Eyasu Abreha (Dr), is the new minister of Agriculture & Natural Resources.

    7. Getahun Mekuria (Dr), appointed as Science & Technology Minister.

    8. Ahmed Shide, (former State Minister of Finance), is now minister of Transport Ministry.

    9. Ambachew Mekonnen (Dr), appointed as the new minister of Urban Development & Housing.

    10. Aisha Mohammed, is now appointed as Minister of Construction.

    11. Sileshi Bekele (Dr) is the new Minister of Water, Irrigation & Electricity

    12. Motumma Meksa, is now moved to lead the Ministry of Mines, Petroleum & Natural Gas.

    13. Gemedo Dale (Dr) is the new minister of Environment Forest & climate change.

    14. Shiferaw Tekelemaraim (Dr) is has replaced Ato Shiferaw Shigute, to lead Ministry of Education.

    15. Professor Yiferu Berhane, a new technocrat in the new cabinet, appointed as Minister of Health.

    16.  Restu Yirda replaced Ato Redwan Hussien as a new minister of Youth & Sports.

    17.  Demitu Hambissa moved from Ministry of Public Enterprises to lead Women & Children Affairs Ministry.

    18.  Hirut Woldemariam (Dr), Deputy President of Addis Ababa University, appointed as minister of Culture & Tourism.

    19.  Yilma Amenete is a new Minister of Public Enterprises replacing Demitu Hambissa.

    20.  Kebede Chane, former Minister of Trade & PM Advisor, is now appointed as a new minister of Ethiopian Revenues & Customs Authority

    21.  Negeri Lencho (Dr), former Journalism lecturer, is now appointed as a new minister of Government Communication Affairs replacing Getachew Reda.






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  • American Researcher Killed During Ethiopia Protests

    An American researcher was killed in Ethiopia after protesters began throwing rocks at the car she was riding in, officials from the University of California, Davis, said.

    Sharon Gray was a postdoctoral researcher with the plant biology department at the university. She was in Ethiopia for a meeting regarding her research and traveling in a car outside the country’s capital, Addis Ababa, when she was killed Tuesday.

    University officials said another researcher with the plant biology department who had been traveling with Gray in Ethiopia was not injured in the attack and is headed back to the U.S.

    The U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia confirmed that a U.S. citizen had been “struck by a rock and subsequently died from her injury,” but did not release a name.

    Andy Fell, a spokesman for the university, said Gray had been working at UC Davis since 2013, and her husband is also employed by the university.

    Violence is not uncommon at political protests in Ethiopia, which are driven largely by anti-government sentiment. At least 55 people were killed during a stampede at a religious festival Sunday caused by skirmishes between police and protesters.

    Hundreds of people have died during the massive anti-government protests since November 2015, but Gray is the first foreigner to be killed.

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