(Reuters) – Ethiopia’s prime minister-elect Abiye Ahmed will be sworn in on Monday, its parliament said, after the ruling coalition chose him to succeed Hailemariam Desalegn as its chairperson.
The ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front coalition on Tuesday voted in the 42-year-old to take over the government.
Ethiopia is Africa’s second most populous country and has had the fastest growing economy on the continent for the past decade, but protests that began in 2015 have caused the biggest threat to the EPRDF since it took power in 1991.
“The House of People’s Representatives will hold an extraordinary session on April 2 to swear in Dr. Abiye Ahmed,” the body said in a statement.
Abiye will now face pressure to appeal to legions of disaffected youth and to push through promised reforms.
The event was initially scheduled for Saturday. The statement did not give a reason for the postponement.