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In First, Woman Gets Ceremonial Role as Ethiopia's President

  • Former ambassador Sahle-Work Zewde voted in by parliament
  • She becomes Africa’s only currently serving female president
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Ethiopia’s parliament appointed the nation’s first female president, about a week after the government was reorganized to give women half of all cabinet posts.

The ascension of Sahle-Work Zewde, a former ambassador and United Nations special representative, to the largely ceremonial role makes her Africa’s only current woman president. It’s the latest change since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed took office in April, promising greater political freedoms and urging exiled opposition groups to take part in multi-party elections.