In contrary to the expectations and speculations of many political and media analysts about Ethiopia’s political succession post PM Meles Zenawi, Ethiopians in general and the EPRDF in particular showed their political maturity and efficiency to the international community.
In doing so, September 20, 2012 has become another turning point in the Ethiopian political history; in which the highest rank in the government hierarchy has succeeded by civil leaders, who hadn’t been in the armed struggle, which took some seventeen years.
Hailemariam Desalegn was sworn in as the country's new leader replacing the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, who at the age of 57 and Demeke Mekonnen has assigned as deputy PM.
In his first speech as Prime Minister, Hailemariam Dessalegn affirmed that the Grand Renaissance Dam is the country's flagship project, adding that Ethiopia has a bright future and it is in a position to “defeat poverty.”
This peaceful and smooth highest rank succession indicates that Ethiopians have dashed the fervent hope and prediction of their enemies concerning the country’s future.
They have already established stable situations and democratic system. The succession is the result of it. This higher rank succession is really another significant turning point in the country’s political history.
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