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Ethiopia's Next Leader Could Come From Protest-Hit Region

  • Ruling party expected to select new chairman within two weeks
  • Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn resigned last week
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Ethiopia’s ruling party could choose the leader of the protest-hit Oromia region as its next chairman, a step toward succeeding Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, a party official said.

The Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front will probably decide on a new head within the next two weeks, Getachew Reda, a member of the EPRDF’s executive committee, said in an interview on Tuesday. Lemma Megersa, a leader of the Oromo Peoples’ Democratic Organization, has been touted as a potential successor to Hailemariam.