Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Appoints New Cabinet

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Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn today formed his new administration after parliament approved his nomination for the cabinet.

The new government will have 25 ministries and four director generals with ministerial ranks.

Hailemariam’s incoming administration largely unchanged, but if features some major changes in some positions, the most notable being Getachew Reda becoming director general of government communication affairs with a ministerial portfolio.

The new administration also includes the introduction of new ministries into the government, such as ministries of state enterprises, livestock and fisheries.

The full list of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn’s cabinet is as follows:

1. Demeke Mekonnen, deputy prime minister in charge of social cluster;

2. Debretsion G. Michael (PhD), minister of Communications Technology in charge of economic cluster;

3. Aster Mamo, minister of public service in charge of human development cluster;

4. Sirag Fergessa, minister of National Defense;

5. Tewodros Adhanom, minister of Foreign Affairs;

6. Kassa T. Brehan, minister of Federal & Pastoralist Development Affairs;

7. Getachew Ambaye, minister of Justice;

8. Abdulaziz Mohammed, minister of Finance & Economic Cooperation;

9. Tefera Derebew, minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources;

10. Shiferaw Shigute, minister of Education;

11. Abiy Ahmed; minister of Science & Technology;

12. Ambachew Mekonnen (PhD), minister of Construction;

13. Ahmed Abetew, minister of Industry;

14. Worqneh Gebeyehu, minister of Transport;

15. Damitu Hambissa, minister of State Enterprises;

16. Yacob Yalla, minister of Trade;

17. Tollosa Shagi, minister of Mines, Petroleum & Natural Gas;

18. Sileshi Getahun, minister of Livestock & Fisheries;

19. Kesetebrehan Admasu (PhD), minister of Health;

20. Abdulfetah Abdulahi, minister of Labour & Social Affairs;

21. Mekuria Haile, minister of Housing & Urban Development;

22. Motuma Bedassa, minister of Water, Irrigation & Electricity;

23. Aisha Moussa, minister of Culture & Tourism;

24. Shiferaw T. Mariam (PhD), minister of Environment, Forest & Climate Change;

25. Zenebu Taddese, minister of Children & Women;

26. Redwan Hussien, minister of Youth & Sports;

Director Generals under the rank of ministers

1. Beker Shalle, director general of Ethiopian Revenues & Customs Authority;

2. Getachew Reda, director general of Government Communications Affairs Office;

3. Yinager Dessie (PhD), commissioner of National Planning Commission;

4. Asmelash W. Sellasie, chief Government Whip.

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