Ethiopia prime minister Desalegn resigns

Hailemariam Desalegn Boshe

Ethiopia Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, has resigned from his office.

According to state media, Desalegn submitted his resignation letter on Thursday to his party during an emergency meeting of the ruling Ethiopian People’s Democratic Front [EPRDF].

It’s unclear if the party has or will accept his request.

According to the Addis Standard newspaper, Haile-Mariam has resigned both as Prime Minister and Chairman of Ethiopia’s ruling Tigre People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).

Last week, the Movement voted Siraj Fergesa, the current Minister of Defence to be the Chairman of Southern Ethiopian People’s Democratic Movement (SEPDM).

Desalegn has been criticized for incompetency since he came to power by opponents as well as his own Front.

On a Live TV address on the State Television, Desalegn addressed the nation the power transfer will be conducted in the national parliament soon.

“Our country is in a very difficult situation now,” he said.

During his six year tenure and especially since 2015, Ethiopia has been hit with consistent anti-government protests.

Thousands of peaceful protesters, were killed, wounded and arrested.

Hailemariam Desalegn Boshe served as Prime Minister of Ethiopia since 2012.

He previously served as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs under Prime Minister Meles Zenawi from 2010 to 2012.