Addis Ababa, Ethiopia– A joint session of the Ethiopian House of Representatives and House of Federation, on Monday elected a new president for the African country.
He is Dr. Mulatu Teshome, the country’s former ambassador to Turkey, who was immediately handed over the non-executive office of President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia by his 89-year-old predecessor, Girma Woldegiorgis.
In a farewell address, outgoing President Woldegiorgis noted that during his two terms in office as president, Ethiopia made “great strides in nation building, ensuring equitable development and demonstrating an exceptional fast growing economy and great strides in democracy.”
“A nation has been built in which religious and ethnic diversity now flourishes in a democratic way,” he said.
After taking the oath of office, President Teshome pledged to fulfill all the responsibilities bestowed on him by the choice of the two Houses of Parliament.