New prime minister decision delayed
In a rather ominous move the executive council of the ruling Ethiopian People’s Democratic Front (EPRDF) has delayed the decision taken by the Ministers’ Council (the Cabinet) to appoint Hailemariam Desalegn as acting prime minister.
Following the death of Meles Zenawi on 20th August the Cabinet had appointed the deputy prime minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, into the role. However, the wider executive council has ‘contradicted’ that earlier decision and has scheduled a new meeting for next week to select a party leader and prime minister.
The delay suggests that there are internal tensions between the four ethnic groups that make up the ruling party coalition, the Amhara, Tigray, Oromo and Southern people. It is likely that the Oromo and Amhara parties in particular will want to erode the power of the Tigran People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) which has been the dominant party within the ruling coalition.