Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn’s first term in office has started, with calls from civil society organizations to his new government to commit to a fruitful implementation of the Post 2015 global development agenda.
Ethiopia’s Country Director of Network of African Youth for Development, and Action2015, Asefa Lintiso in a statement on October 6, called on the country’s leadership to relentlessly propel the country to a green economy, and fruitful implementation of the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
“I hope Hailemariam Desalegn and his cabinet to take sound full resolution to commit themselves to the realization of Post 2015 development agenda and SDGs implementation to achieve Poverty Eradication, End Inequalities and Climate Change.” Asefa Lintiso
Lintiso noted that Ethiopia’s vision of becoming a middle income economy by 2020, will become more evident if Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegnand his Cabinet, comprised of 26 ministers and 3 three Director Generals, will amplify the fight against corruption, support the youth development agenda, complete ongoing developmental projects, and encourage new innovative entrepreneurship.
The Reelection on October 5, of Hailemariam Desalegn, who came into office following the demise of Ethiopia’s 14th Prime Minister Meles Zenawi in 2012, grants him his first term in office.Desalegn’s Monday victory was widely expected following his political party EPRDF’s triumph during the parliamentary election held in May 2015.
US President Barrack Obama attracted sharp criticism from Ethiopia’s opposition politicians and some political analysts when he during a visit to Ethiopia in July 2015 called the Ethiopia government “democratically elected.”
The New York Time’s Peter Baker and Jacey Fortin on July 27th , quoted President Obama as having said, “we are very mindful of Ethiopia’s history, the hardships that this country has gone through,--It has been relatively recently in which the Constitution that was formed, and elections put forward a democratically elected government.”