Ethiopia appointed new Chief of Staff for Defense Force, new Intelligence Director

General Adem Mohammed is appointed as the new chief of staff for the Ethiopian Defense Force. His current position as Director of Intelligence is filled with Demelash Gebremichael. Let. General Molla Hailemariam is the new commander for ground force of the Ethiopian Defense Force.

Ethiopian new chief of Staff  - General Adem Mohammed , Ground force head Let. General Molla Hailemariam
General Adem Mohammed (left) and Let. General Molla Hailemariam (right). Photo : FBC

June 28, 2019
Updated on June 28, 2019 10:56 Toronto Time

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed appointed New Chief of Staff of the Ethiopian Defense Force, reported state-affiliated broadcaster, Fana Broadcasting Corporation on Tuesday. 

General Adem Mohammed is picked to lead the Defense Force. In June 2018, he was appointed as the new Director-General to Ethiopian National Intelligence and Security Service(NISS).  Before his last role, he had served in the role of head of the Ethiopian Air Force.  

His appointment came in just a week after the revered former Chief of Staff, General Seare Mekonnen, was assassinated in the capital Addis Ababa in his residence while he was in the middle of “organizing a response” to what the Ethiopian government calls “attempted coup d’etat” in Bahir Dar, capital of Amhara regional state.  The Ethiopian government has linked the assassination of the Chief of Staff on June 22, 2019, with the alleged coup d’etat. According to the government narrative, he was killed by his own bodyguard whom the government identified on Monday as Private Mesafint Tigabu. 

In his role as Director of NISS, General Adem Mohammed was preoccupied in reforming the institution in a way to make it politically neutral and open for citizens on the basis of merit and competence. 

Abiy appointed Demelash Gebremichael as the new Director of NISS. He was serving as Deputy Director of NISS. Before that he has served as Security Chief of Oromo regional state and as internal Security adviser of the Federal Police commission. Also, he has served as central committee of what is now Oromo Democratic Party (formerly known as OPDO).
It is unclear if will carry on the task of reforming the institution, or will come up with new priorities in view of existing prevalent security problems in the country. 

PM Abiy Ahmed also made two other appointments. Lieutenant General Molla Hailemariam is appointed as the commander of the Ground Force of the Ethiopian Defense Force.  

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