ODP 9th congress introduced fundamental structural changes to the party. Abiy Ahmed and Lemma Megersa remained in the top leadership position.
September 21, 2018
Oromo Democratic Party (ODP) 9th congress concluded today. It was underway since Wednesday. The party re-elected Abiy Ahmed as chairman and Lemma Megersa as deputy chairman of the party.
Also, the party has named nine executive committee members; Addisu Arega, Adanech Abebe, Berhanu Tsegaye, Workeneh Gebeyehu,Shimeles Abdisa, Alemu Semie,Fekadu Tesema, Lemma Megersa and Abiy Ahmed.
The other high important body of the organization is central committee has also got mostly new members. Of the 81 members central committee that served the organization in the past three years, only 16 will retain their position and the rest are new faces; mostly young and educated, according to the report by Fana Broadcasting Corporation.
“Oromo Democratic Party has reorganized itself bringing young and educated leadership in a way to move Ethiopia forward,” Abiy Ahmed, chairman of the party, is cited as saying.
The 9th congress of the party has also introduced new name for the party (Oromo Democratic Party) and a new logo.
Abiy Ahmed is also chairman of the ruling coalition, Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) which is poised to have its of congress towards the end of this month.
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