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Ethiopia hands over IGAD Chairmanship to Sudan

Workeneh Gebeyehu is formally confirmed as Executive Secretary of IGAD while Sudan is elected as chairman replacing Ethiopia

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IGAD member countries heads of state meeting. Photo credit : FBC

November 29, 2019

The 13th meeting of leaders of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) member countries took place in Addis Ababa on Friday.  It happened a day after the 47th regular meeting of ministers which discussed structural issues of the organization, and geopolitical activities in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden Area.

Sudan is elected as chairman of the organization, according to a report by state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporation (FBC).   Ethiopia was chairing the Horn of African countries Organization.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed reportedly extended gratitude for member countries for putting on their trust in Ethiopia to lead the organization for several years.

He remarked that member countries have been productive in crisis management and conflict resolution in recent years.  He also hailed the contribution of member countries for the effort made to foster peace and development work in the region.

Former Ethiopia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Workneh Gebyehu, is officially confirmed as executive secretary replacing Kenya’s Mahboub Maalim.

IGAD was established in 1996  “to succeed the Intergovernmental Authority on Drought and Development that was founded in 1986 to deal with issues related to drought and desertification in the Horn Africa,” according to UNECA report.

Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, and Uganda are member countries. The organization is headquartered in the Republic of Djibouti.

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  1. Subject: “Ethiopia hands over IGAD Chairmanship to Sudan”, borkena, November 29, 2019

    Honest Commentary,
    In all honest, what did IGAD accomplish — in its entire existence – for the benefit of ALL COMMON AFRICANS? Let us be very frank to ourselves. The answer is simply >>>”NOTHING”. Only African head of states enjoyed the looting of Africa for their own personal benefits. The ordinary common down to earth African did not benefit out of Africa. The shocking of all shockings is the silent fact that ORDINARY African was better-off under colonial European powers!!! It is the most bizarre phenomenon. Indeed, “CRY, MY BELOVED COUNTRY” AFRICA


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