Ethiopian leader's swearing in delayed

2012-08-23 15:12
The body of Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi arrives at the Addis Ababa International Airport after his death in Brussels aged 57. (Elias Asmare, AP)

The body of Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi arrives at the Addis Ababa International Airport after his death in Brussels aged 57. (Elias Asmare, AP)

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Addis Ababa - Ethiopia has postponed the emergency session of parliament to swear in a new prime minister.

Acting Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn was to be sworn in Thursday following the death on Monday of long-time leader Meles Zenawi.

Officials in Ethiopia didn't immediately announce the reason for the delay, but most government leaders - including Hailemariam - attended the Thursday funeral of Abune Paulos, the head of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.

The funeral for Meles, who ruled Ethiopia for 21 years, has not yet been set. Leaders from around the world are expected to attend.
Hailemariam is a relatively young figure on Ethiopia's political scene and it's not clear if old guard leaders will allow him to hold onto the prime minister's seat until 2015 elections.

Read more on:    meles zenawi  |  hailemariam desalegn  |  ethiopia  |  east africa
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