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Ethiopia's Selection of New Leadership


Press Statement
Victoria Nuland
Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
September 21, 2012

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The United States warmly welcomes Ethiopia’s selection of Hailemariam Desalegn as the country’s new Prime Minister and Demeke Mekonnen as the new Deputy Prime Minister. We commend the Government of Ethiopia for undertaking an historic, peaceful, and constitutional transition of power.

We have had a productive relationship with Mr. Hailemariam in his capacity as Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister. We look forward to working with him in his new position to advance issues of mutual concern to the United States and Ethiopia, including strengthening economic development, advancing democracy and human rights, and promoting regional security.



PRN: 2012/1488

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