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Ethiopia Is The Only Country In Africa With Female Incumbent President

The people of Ethiopia have trust in female politicians and for time being, the country is the only country in Africa with incumbent female president.

Her Excellency Sahle-Work Zewde took office on 25th October, 2018 and she is the incumbent president of Ethiopia.

The President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia is the head of state of Ethiopia.

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The position is largely a ceremonial one, with executive power vested in the Prime Minister.

Presidents are elected by the House of Peoples’ Representatives for six years, with a two term limit.

The presidency was created in its original form by the 1987 Constitution, which
established the People’s Democratic Republic of Ethiopia under Mengistu Haile Mariam.

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He was elected to a five-year term by the National Shengo (legislature), with no term
limits.

He was vested with sweeping executive powers. For instance, when the Shengo was out of session, he had the right to appoint a number of state officers.

Although such appointments required legislative confirmation in practice, the
principles of democratic centralism made such confirmation merely a formality.

He was also chairman of the Council of State, which acted for the Shengo when it was out of session.

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While like all other state officers, he was nominally responsible to the Shengo in
practice, he was effectively a dictator.

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The only president under this system was Mengistu Haile-Mariam. Following the overthrow of the communist regime at the end of the Ethiopian Civil War, the presidential office took its current form in stages, culminating in the adoption of the current constitution in 1995.

Subsequently, the people of Ethiopia Trust females leadership and for that matter voted massively to elect Her Excellency Sahle-Work Zewde. Can the rest of African countries do same?

By Alex Konlan, Ghana News Prime.

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