ADDIS ABABA – The newly elected Dire Dawa City Council has elected Kedir Jewar as Mayor of the city.
The new Mayor was sworn in on Wednesday during the council’s first ever meeting.
For the pastthree years, Kedir served Dire Dawa as deputy mayor and will now lead the city, located 525 km east of Addis Ababa, for the next five years.
Prior to election the new mayor, the City Council appointed its new house speakers.
Accordingly, Fetiya Adem became the house speaker while Kerima Ali was elected to serve as Deputy Speaker of the council.
The Council concluded its one day-long meeting after approving 15 city officials including deputy mayor and trade bureau head Harbi Buh Worseme, nominated by the new Mayor.
Dire Dawa Administration, which consists of the city of Dire Dawa and the surrounding rural areas, has a total population of 313,000, as per the 2019 projection.