Ethiopia swears-in first female Supreme Court president

There seems to be no slowing down of the raft reforms being orchestrated by Ehiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in his efforts to change the structure of the East Africa  nation since his appointment in April.

Just two weeks after naming 10 female minister into his cabinet, the country's parliament swore in Meaza Ashenafi as the
country’s first female supreme court president on Thursday, after unanimously approving the Prime Minister's choice

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's efforts to achieve gender parity in government, last week resulted in the country having its first female president, Sahle-Work Zewde.

Meaza Ashenafi, a prominent rights campaigner,recently served as an adviser on women’s rights at the Addis Ababa-based United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.

Revealing his pick for the post, Abiy told lawmakers the court system needed improved capacities “to successfully implement demands made with regards to justice, democracy and change in our country.

“I have made the nomination with the firm belief that she has the capacity required, with her vast international experience in mind.”

Under Ethiopia’s constitution, the court system operates independent of government.



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