As at Tuesday morning, Ethiopia’s parliament – The House of Peoples Representatives, HPR, was meeting to discuss a range of issues tabled by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
At the core of discussions was to define the power and duties of the executive organ, state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate reported.
Also to be discussed is the approval of a new downsized cabinet as agreed by the Council of Ministers last week. The independent Addis Standard portal reported that the new cabinet of twenty will have ten women appointees.
The newly created Ministry for Peace the protal reports will go to Speaker of the House Muferiat Kamil under whose portfolio will be other federal security agencies.
The defense ministry is also to be handed for the first time in the country’s history to a woman, Dagmawit Mogus, till now was a deputy mayor of the capital, Addis Ababa.
Abiy’s right hand man Workneh Gebeyehu is expected to stay at Foreign Affairs whiles former government communications minister will head to finance as Abiy’s office takes full charge of communications, reports have suggested.
List of some appointees
1 – Ministry of Trade Industry: Fetleworq G. Begziabher
2 – Ministry of Agriculture: Amlaku Amsalu
3 – Ministry of Finance: Ahmed Shide
4 – Ministry of Peace: Muferiat Kemal
5 – Ministry of Defence: Dagmawit Mogus
6 – Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Workneh Gebeyehu
7 – Aisha Mohammed: Innovation & Technology Ministry