ENA | Published — Thursday, February 15, 2018
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia — Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn today announced that he has submitted his letter of resignation as prime minister and chairman of the ruling party EPRDF.
He said that he decided to resign from both posts so as to contribute to the ongoing efforts towards bringing solution to the current situation in the country.
The Premier noted in his speech that people have been displaced and injured, as well as investment and properties are damaged due to the recent unrest.
Hailemariam believes that his resignation is important to carry out reforms that lead to sustainable peace and democracy.
Hailemariam said he would stay as prime minister until the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) and the country’s parliament accepted his resignation.
“I will stay in power as Prime Minister of the country and chairperson of the party till the parliament accepted the letter of resignation officially,” he affirmed.
Hailemariam, who served as Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, sworn in as Prime Minister in September 2012, following the death of Meles Zenawi.