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Hopes abound as Ethiopia takes new prime minister
By KIRUBEL TADESSE | Associated Press
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia's parliament swore in a new prime minister on Friday in the U.S. ally's first peaceful change of power in modern history, sparking hope for change in a nation that's largely a one-party with a poor human rights record.
Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn succeeds former Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, who died on Aug. 20 after ruling
Ethiopia for more than two decades.
No vote was held Friday. Instead the country's ruling party, the Ethiopian Peoples' Revolutionary Democratic Front — which controls 546 of the 547 seats in parliament — announced its choice for prime minister. Hailemariam was unanimously voted in as chair of the party last weekend by the ruling party's 180-member leadership.
Girma Seifu, the only opposition member of parliament, said he sees a brighter future — in time — for Ethiopia with Hailemariam in charge.
"I don't expect swift changes by next Monday, if he has powers to do so. I would be happy but I don't think that will happen," Girma said. Hailemariam, Girma said in an interview with The Associated Press, should consolidate his power so he can run the country properly, then free those in the opposition who have been unjustly jailed.
Since Meles' death, the country's Justice Ministry has withdrawn two separate charges against two weekly newspapers.
"We are full of hope about the new leadership," said Mohamed Keita of the Committee to Protect Journalists. He added that the group has guarded optimism until it sees what kinds of freedoms are allowed.
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