Sahle-Work, 69, has served since June because the United Nation’s particular consultant to the African Union as an under-secretary-general. She additionally has held high diplomatic posts representing Ethiopia in France and Djibouti.
“In a patriarchal society reminiscent of ours, the appointment of a feminine head of state not solely units the usual for the long run but in addition normalises girls as decision-makers in public life,” tweeted Fitsum Arega, the highest aide to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who leads Ethiopia’s authorities and coverage.
Sahle-Work’s appointment comes amid a Cabinet reshuffle and radical political reforms by Abiy, who took workplace in April and, at 41, is Africa’s youngest chief.
Abiy final week reduce the nation’s ministerial roster to 20 and handed half the positions to women, together with a feminine protection minister, one other first for the nation.
He has freed many jailed journalists, bloggers and political prisoners arrested by earlier administrations, together with honoring an settlement that ended a 20-year bloody border war with neighboring Eritrea.