Ethiopia PM to announce new cabinet members on Thursday

Abiye Ahmed addresses a news conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia December 4, 2015. Picture taken December 4, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES.

Ethiopia Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is expected to present his new ministerial cabinet during his first appearance in parliament since his swearing-in. The parliament, whose members are all from the ruling EPRDF coalition, will approve the ministers and also replace the current speaker of the house, Abadula Gemeda.

Gemeda resigned from his position last year in October, before rescinding the resignation on December 29, 2017.

The house is also expected to approve the draft bill prepared to reform the structure, power and duties of executive bodies.

Ahead of the imminent cabinet reshuffle, Oromia regional government leaders made some changes to their leaadership structure, appointing two federal ministers to positions in the regional government.

The Minister of Public Enterprise, Girma Amente and the Minister of Government Communications Affairs Office were appointed to head the Oromia Urban Development & Housing Bureau and Oromia Communications Affairs Office respectively.

Replacements for these ministerial slots will presumably be announced by Abiy on Thursday.

Gemeda, a former president of Oromia state might also be poised to take on a bigger role within Abiy’s government.

Analysts are keenly watching the cabinet announcement, which they say will determine the implementation of Abiy’s reform agenda.