Sahle-Work Zewde, 68, first and only female President of Ethiopia

PICTURE COURTESY: EDUARDO SOTE RAS

 

Thursday 25 October 2018 just before midday Ethiopia changed the status core of the African women appointed its first and only female President. Sahle-Work Zewde, 68, Director General of the United Nations Office at Nairobi replaced Mulatu Teshome who resigned under suspicious circumstances. Among her former seats of authority she served as ambassador for Ethiopia in Senegal and Djibouti.

Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed had recently appointed a 20-member cabinet whose half occupancy is strong willed and skilled women such as Defense Minister Aisha Mohammed.

The historic event has seen applause and welcome by nationals and foreign-nationals locally and around the world as it reinforces the ability and importance of gender equality in all hierarchy of leadership. Till the present day, Ameenah Gurib-Fakim former Mauritian female president was the last to occupy such a seat.

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