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Ethiopia’s Ruling Party to Choose New Leader as Protests Rage

  • New party leader expected to become next prime minister
  • Hailemariam Desalegn announced surprise resignation Feb. 15

Ethiopia’s ruling party will soon meet to elect a new leader, two weeks after Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn resigned amid the worst anti-government protests in a quarter century.

The choice of a new chairman of the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front is likely to demonstrate the party’s commitment to political reform as it seeks to reassert control over one of Africa’s fastest-growing economies and second-most populous nation, according to analysts including Ahmed Salim at Teneo Intelligence in Dubai.