Ethiopia Gets New Chief Justice

ADDIS ABABA  – Tewodros Meheret, an Assistant Professor at Addis Ababa University’s school of law, has been appointed as the president of the Federal Supreme Court of Ethiopia.

The lower house of the Ethiopian parliament approved the appointment of Tewodros along with another Abeba Embiyale as president and deputy president of the Federal Supreme court on Tuesday.

House speaker Tagesse Chafo told MPs that Meaza Ashenafi and her deputy, Solomon Areda. resigned from their respective president and deputy president posts, before presenting the resolutions to appoint the two nominees for approval to the house.

Abeba was also sworn in as deputy president of the federal supreme court

MPs endorsed the appointment of Tewodros as Chief Justice with a majority vote and three abstentions.

Abeba, on the other hand, received unanimous approval from the house to serve as the vice president of the Federal Supreme court.

Prior to her latest position, Abeba served as a federal judge making it all the way up in the federal court structure from First Instance Court and High Court to Supreme Court.

Both Chief Justice Tewodros and his deputy Abeba took the oath of their respective offices in front of the parliamentarians.

Tewodros, who practiced law as a lawyer and legal advisor for years, replaced Meaza who served as president of the Federal Supreme court for the last four years.

Meazza became the first federal female Chief Justice of Ethiopia when she was appointed by Prime minister Abiy Ahmed in November 2018.

In her last job as the chief justice earlier today, Meaza administered the oath of office to the newly appointed Ethiopian ambassadors ahead of their deployment.