ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Ethiopia’s prime minister created a new “Ministry of Peace” in sweeping cabinet reshuffle on Tuesday as he sought to tackle a wave of ethnic violence.
Abiy Ahmed – who has turned the region’s politics on its head with a string of reforms since being appointed in April – named new finance and defense ministers in an overhaul that kept only four of the former post holders in their jobs.
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The 42-year-old merged ministries to cut the cabinet to 20 from 28 and for the first time handed half of the top jobs to women.
“The main problem in this country is the lack of peace. This (peace) ministry will be working hard to ensure it prevails,” Abiy told lawmakers.
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About 2.2 million people out of a population of 100 million have been displaced since clashes broke out last year, many of them between rival ethnic groups.
The new peace ministry will be led by former parliament speaker Muferiat Kamil, and will oversee the intelligence and security agencies, the government said.
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Since his appointment, Abiy has made peace with neighbor Eritrea...
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