By Kumerra Gemechu | Reuters – Sat, Sep 15, 2012
Ethiopia’s ruling coalition on Saturday approved Hailemariam Desalegn’s appointment as prime minister to replace Meles Zenawi, who died last month, the government’s spokesman said.
He will be sworn in early next month when parliament reconvenes, Bereket Simon told a news conference in the capital Addis Ababa.
Hailemariam, who took over in an acting capacity after Meles’ death, also becomes head of the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), the ruling coalition of parties.
The 47-year-old former university dean rose quickly through the ranks when he turned to politics, serving as president of the Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s Region in the southwest of the country from 2001 to 2006 before being named as an advisor to Meles.