Ethiopia Postpones Swearing-in Of New President

Ethiopian government has delayed the parliamentary swearing-in of the new prime minister, Mr Hailemariam Desalegn, which was scheduled for Thursday. The postponement was announced by the government’s Communication Affairs Office. Ethiopia’s parliamentarians had been summoned from their annual recess for an emergency session but the event was cancelled without any official explanation. No alternative schedule has been issued so far. Instead, the main function on Thursday (today) will be the State funeral of the late Orthodox Church Patriarch Abune Paulos who died in an Addis Ababa hospital a week ago. The postponement of the swearing-in ceremony could be a pointer to a power struggle within the ruling party and the inner circle of power following the death of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi. 'Full consensus' Earlier, the government spokesman, Mr Bereket Simon, told to reporters there was “no dispute” on the appointment of Hailemariam Desalegn as the new prime minister, adding that there was “no need” of rushing the swearing-in event. Mr Bereket underlined there was full consensus among the ruling party coalition members on Meles’ successor. However, according to the Ethiopian constitution, the new leader is supposed to be sworn in as soon as possible.