Ethiopia’s President, Mulatu Teshome on Wednesday submitted his letter of resignation to the two houses of the country’s Parliament.
A joint extraordinary session of the two houses is scheduled to consider his resignation after which, if accepted, it will name his successor on Thursday.
The incumbent president, who conducted his doctoral studies in international law at Peking University in China was unanimously appointed as Ethiopia’s president on October 7, 2013 while he was serving as Ethiopia’s ambassador to Turkey.
Teshome is a member of Oromo Democratic Party (ODP), one of the four member parties of the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF). His imminent resignation also comes shortly after the Ethiopian government’s cabinet reshuffle.
The Ethiopian House of People’s Representatives, the Ethiopian parliament’s lower house had earlier approved the appointment of 16 new cabinet members upon the endorsement of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, in which only four of the previous cabinet’s members retained their positions.
The 63-year-old Teshome had served in various high-level Ethiopian government offices and ministries. He served as Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Cooperation, Minister of Agriculture and Spokesperson of the House of Federation.
He had also served in various diplomatic missions representing the East African country to China, Turkey, Japan, Thailand and Azerbaijan.