Sahle-Work Zewde becomes Ethiopia's first female president

Sahle-Work Zewde becomes Ethiopia's first female president

The parliament of Ethiopia has elected Sahle-Work Zewde as the nation's first female president. Sahle-Work, as her name denotes, has been described as an experienced diplomat who recently held an office with the UN.

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Members of the parliament of Ethiopia have elected Sahle-Work Zewde as the country's first female president.

Sahle-Work is an internationally acclaimed diplomat who recently held a position with the United Nations (UN), BBC reports.

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Zewde's election to the highest political office in the nation came just a few days after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed set up a cabinet with half the positions taken up by women.

In her acceptance speech, President Sahle-Work spoke about the importance of maintaining peace, local media freedom.

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