Hailemariam Dessalgne stands as he addresses the public, Sep.3, 2012
Ethiopia’s ruling Party’s (EPRDF) Executive Committee is set to meet tomorrow to elect the new Prime Minister of the Country and Chairperson of the Front. Following the death of Meles Zenawi, the Party has remained without a Chairperson. Hailemariam is the current Deputy Chairperson of EPRDF.
Although the government Communications Office had stated that Hailemariam would be the Acting PM until the Parliament fully approves him, his new title was used for only few days. State media restarted calling him with his previous portfolio of Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister.
There are reports that due to pressure from the Tigrean People’s Liberation Front (EPRDF’s mover and shaker), the Front might propose another Prime Minister and Hailemariam might not be selected as Prime Minister. Other political commentators state that Hailemarim could be approved as the Prime Minister of Ethiopia until the next election in 2015 and run the nation as a "Medvedev for a group of Putins”. The security apparatus and core power still is in the hands of TPLF.
Hours ago, Hailemraim gave a Live TV address on the State Tv, ETV and vowed that the policies and visions of the late Prime Minister would be continued without any change. He thanked the public for the "decency” shown over the past 15 days since the death of the late Prime Minister was announced.
The Front’s press release sent out today stated that the Front’s Executive Committee will begin its regular meeting tomorrow at the Party’s Office in Addis Abeba and will discuss on the implementation of the Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP), budgets of the just ended fiscal year, preparations to better execute the late Prime Minister’s visions, other agendas that will be raised by the attendants and passes decisions.
The Party sent out this release earlier today in Amharic,
የኢህአዴግ ስራ አስፈፃሚ ኮሚቴ ነገ ነሐሴ29/2004ዓ.ም መደበኛ ስብሰባውን ያካሄዳል
በነገው ዕለት በሚጀመረው የግንባሩን ሥራ አስፈጻሚ ኮሚቴ መደበኛ ስብሰባ የዕድገትና ትራንስፎርሜሽን ዕቅዱ አፈፃፀም ይዳስሳል፡፡ ሥራ አስፈፃሚ ኮሚቴው የ2004በጀት ዓመት አፈፃፀሞችን በመፈተሽ የግንባሩ ሊቀመንበር የነበሩትና የባለ ራዕዩና ታላቁን መሪ የጠቅላይ ሚ/ር መለስ ዜናዊን ህልፈት ተከትሎ በሰፊው የኢትዮጵያ ህዝብ የተስተጋባውን ቁጭትና የታላቁን መሪውንና በእርሳቸው የተገነባውን የግንባሩንና የልማታዊ መንግስታችንን ራዕይ ሁሉም በየተሰማራበት በመረባረብ ለማስቀጠል የገባውን ቃልና መነሳሳት የሚመጥን ዝግጅት ማድረግ በሚቻልባቸው ሁኔታዎች ዙሪያ እንዲሁም ከቤቱ በሚነሱ ሌሎች አጀንዳዎች ዙሪያ በመምከር ውሳኔዎችን ያሳልፋል ተብሎ ይጠበቃል፡፡