Oromo political power claims Menelik II Palace for the first time in Abyssinia history

Addis Ababa, March 31, 2018 (GMN) - The birds are flying free these days over Oromia region blue sky holding Oromo People’s Democratic Organisation (OPDO) flag so high to celebrate their favour son Abiy Ahmed, 42, as the party’s chairman, paving the way for him to become Ethiopia’s next Prime Minister for the first time in history, for a man who many people believed one of the majority’ ethnic groups in Ethiopia.

The fact is, nobody knows if this will change the face of Ethiopians politics or end the era of ethnic politics superiority in Ethiopia. A former lieutenant colonel and intelligence officer, the leader of the Oromo People’s Democratic Organisation (OPDO) secured 108 votes of the total 175 council members in a bid to replace the outgoing party chairman and former Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.

Abiy, who hails from the Oromia region’s Jimma zone, will be formally coronated as Ethiopia’s third Prime Minister since the fall of the Mengistu Hailemariam in 1991. He will become the first Oromo head of state under EPRDF. He won the party’s leaders backing in a landslide, edging out Shiferaw Shigute and Debretsion Gebremichael, who chair Southern Ethiopia and Tigray state parties.

Facts about Abiy Ahmed Ali (Ph.D.)

Abiy Ahmed Ali (Ph.D.) is one of the most formidable contestants for the position of prime minister of Ethiopia with so much and mixed information about his qualifications circling around in social media. So, we took the liberty of summarizing the following simple facts from his entry on Wikipedia and other online sources. Thus, the information presented here is “as-is” with no guarantee of its accuracy.

Personal Life

Fact 1: He was born to a family of farmers in 1976 in the district of Agaro, Jimma zone. Currently, he is married and a father to three daughters from his wife that he met during his service in the military.

Fact 2: He is believed to be a multi-lingual with fluency in Amharic, Afan Oromo, Tigrigna, and English.  


Fact 1: In 2001 he received his BSc in Computer Engineering from Micro-link Information Technology College in Addis Ababa.

Fact 2: In 2005, he added a post-graduate advanced diploma in Cryptology, Mashihe Dynamics Cipher-ED Pretoria, from South Africa to his list of qualifications.

Fact 3: In 2011 he received an MA in Transformational Leadership and Change with Merit from Greenwich University in London.

Fact 4:  in 2017 he completed his Ph.D. from the Institute for Peace and Security Studies at Addis Ababa University. His thesis was about the “Social Capital and its Role in Traditional Conflict Resolution in Ethiopia: The Case of Inter-Religious Conflict in Jimma Zone”.


Public Service

Fact 1: Board Chairman of Jimma University, Oromia Micro Finance Bank, and Oromia Broadcasting Network.

Fact 2: He was a board member of several government agencies working on information and communications, like Ethio-Telecom and Ethiopian Television Agency.

Fact 3: In 2014, he was responsible for the establishment of the Science and Technology Information Center (STIC) with the intention of creating a science, technology, and innovation excellence center and headed it as the Director-General.

Military Service

Fact 1: In 1990, he joined the armed struggle against the Derg Regime. After the fall of the regime, he served mainly in an intelligence and communication post.

Fact 2: In 1995, he was deployed as a member of the United Nations Peace Keeping Force (UNAMIR) in Kigali, Rwanda.

Fact 3: In from 1998 – 2000, he took part in the Ethio-Eritrea border war mainly working on intelligence. He was able to achieve the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the army until 2010.

Fact 4: He was one of the founders of Information Network Security Agency (INSA) in 2007 and was working there until 2010.  

Political Service

Fact 1: He joined the political arena as a member of OPDO (Oromo People's Democratic Organization). You can read more at OPDO

Fact 2:  From 2010 – 2012, he became a member of the central committee of OPDO and congress member of the Executive Committee of the EPRDF.

Fact 3: In the national election of 2010, he runs to represent his home woreda of Agaro and became an elected member of the House of Peoples' Representatives, the lower chamber of the Ethiopian Federal Parliamentary Assembly.

Fact 4: In 2015, he became an executive member of OPDO (Oromo People's Democratic Organization)

Fact 5: In 2016, he was appointed as the Ethiopian Minister of Science and Technology (MoST) and served only for a few months.

Fact 6: in late 2016, he served as the Deputy President of Oromia Region while being a member of the Ethiopian Federal House of Peoples' Representatives. He also became the Head of the Oromia Urban Development and Planning Office.

Fact 7: Starting October 2017, he served as head of OPDO Secretariat

Fact 8: Starting from March 27, 2018, he has been elected as the chairperson of the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) and in effect the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, on April 02, 2018.

Abiy is said to be the engine behind OPDO and a more assertive role for Oromia and for OPDO in Ethiopian politics and rumor has it, is one of the most likely to be crowned as the next Prime Minister of Ethiopia. Source: Gambella Media Network