Following Mr. Gedu, the Amhara Regional Council today appointed Dr. Ambachew Mekonnen as President of the Region. Migbaru Kebede is also appointed by the ruling party of the region as deputy President of Amhara Region, according to the state broadcaster -ETV, which didn’t mention the reason for the resignation of Mr. Gedu.
Ambachew Mekonnen earned a master’s degree in public policy in 2000 from Korean Development Institute. Leading Ethiopian delegation to Korea in March 2016 Ambachew told The Kora Times: “My country is striving to follow the Korean model of development. I have been speaking a lot about Korea’s miraculous economic performance with the astonishing features of rapid economic growth coupled with declining income inequality.”
He has served as infrastructure and urban development advisor at the Prime Minister Office. Dr. Ambachew, who is the central committee member of ADP, has served as construction Minister and later became Minister of Industry of Ethiopia before taking advisory position at the PM office.
The ruling party in Amhara Region is the member of the Amhara Democratic Party, which one of the four member of the ruling coalition in Ethiopia – Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF).
About a year ago, Gedu Andargachew and Demeke Mekonnen of ADP have played critical role to come together with Team Lemma of Oromo Democratic Party (ODP), to end dominance of Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) in the ruling coalition, which lasted almost for three decades.