The parliament of Ethiopia has elected Mulatu Teshome to serve as president for the next six years.
According to Ethiopia’s constitution, the lower house of parliament, the House of Peoples’ Representatives, nominates a presidential candidate. The candidate is then elected if a joint session of the House of Peoples’ Representatives and the House of the Federation approves the candidacy by a two-thirds majority.
In the West, there was speculation that former Olympic medallist and long-distance runner, Haile Gebrselassie, might be elected. Certainly, he expressed an interest. However, unsurprisingly, the regime has chosen an insider. Dr Teshome is a former Ambassador, Minister, and is also from the largest ethnic group in the country, the Oromo. The two previous presidents were also from the same ethnic group.