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Ethiopia Adopts it's First Female President.

President Sahle-Work Zewde.
"I urge you all, to uphold our peace, in the name of a mother, who is the first to suffer from the absence of peace."
Words of Sahle-Work Zewde, a name to remember and a woman to behold.

History has been made, and she is it's headliner. The first female president of Ethiopia and the only standing female African president. Sworn in by a unanimous vote during the second Special Joint session of Ethiopia's two parliaments. Only a week after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed appointed a cabinet with 50% of the posts held by women.

During the course of her career, Zewde has served in several high-level diplomatic positions. She served as ambassador for Ethiopia in Senegal and Djibouti and was the head of the United Nations' office to the African Union, immediately before her appointment.

Like a true beacon of female empowerment, President Zewde has verbalized how she will use her position to leverage gender equality. Saying though there may be male-female parity in the new Ethiopian cabinet, elsewhere there is still a long way to go.


"If you think I am talking too much about women, I have only just begun." ~ President Sahle-Work Zewde.


The new President, was voted in after the unexpected resignation of her predecessor, Mulatu Teshome. She will work under Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed who holds the ultimate executive power.

President Zewde has been received by her people with utmost praise, referring to her appointment as president historical.

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