Newly appointed Foreign Minister Taye and Health Minister Dr Kidist-were-sworn in before members of parliament on Thursday

Taye Atske Selassie Becomes Ethiopia’s Foreign Minister

ADDIS ABABA – The House of Peoples of Representatives on Thursday endorsed the appointment of Ethiopia’s Former Ambassador to the UN Taye Atske Selassie as a new foreign minister.

The latest mini-ministerial reshuffle also saw Temesgen Tiruneh and Dr. Mekdes Daba become deputy prime minister and health minister, respectively.

Members of parliament approved Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s nominations for three Ministerial positions on Thursday morning.

Mekdes Replaces Lia

Dr. Mekdes, former President of the Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ESOG), was sworn in as Health Minister of Ethiopia, succeeding Dr Lia Tadesse.

The outgoing minister later congratulated Dr. Mekdes on her appointment, adding:

“It is also my heartfelt hope that, together with your colleagues, you will bring about considerable changes in strengthening the health system to promote the health and well-being of our community.”

Taye, Temesgen succeeded Demeke

Ambassador Taye has also been put in charge of the Ethiopian foreign minister. Taye previously served as political policy advisor to the Prime Minister and has a diplomatic career of over three decades at the Ministry.

Temesgen Tiruneh meanwhile has also taken over the deputy prime minister post. Before his latest assignment, Temesgen was Director General of the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS).

Both Taye’s and Temesgen’s posts were previously held jointly by the outgoing Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonnen. Demeke resigned from he served for more than a decade. Demeke had already bid farewell when he resigned as vice president of the ruling Prosperity Party.

Following his endorsement as foreign minister, Foreign Minister Taye said he was “grateful” to the PM and members of Parliament “for the trust bestowed upon me.” “I will continue to serve my country with humility, integrity and great sense of responsibility,” Ethiopia’s top diplomat added.

Note: The story has been updated on Thursday afternoon to add quotes from Taye and Dr Lia