The House of People's Representatives unanimously endorsed the appointment of Hailemariam Dessalegn as Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia in its 5th tenure opening session here yesterday.
Hailemariam, who has been leading the country after succeeding the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, took the oath of office officiated by Federal Supreme Court President Tegene Getaneh.
Hailemariam was nominated to the premiership by the ruling Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) which won 501 seats in the 5th general election. In its nomination the Front said that the Prime Minister has been leading the country effectively and is dedicated and competent to sustain the ongoing economic growth.
The House also appointed Abadula Gemeda as Speaker for the second time while picking Shitaye Minale as Deputy Speaker for the 3rd time. The speakers were also sworn in by Federal Supreme Court President Tegene Getaneh.
Meanwhile, addressing the Joint Session of the Houses of People's Representatives and the Federation, FDRE President Dr. Mulatu Teshome said that the Second Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP II) will speed up the nation's endeavours to become a middle income economy.
Dr. Mulatu also called upon the government and the public to exert maximum effort to curb malpractices and rent-seeking mentality. As the country continues to achieve remarkable economic growth in the past years, problem of good governance remains to pose a threat which the nation has to deal with.
The President urged the House to give due attention to democratizing the country despite the growing public participation over the last couple of decades.
The President also indicated that activities will be carried out to promote the manufacturing and industry sectors to increase their contribution in the GDP, adding that due attention will also be given to the agriculture and service sectors.
He also noted that the government will focus on attaining holistic development and bringing down inflation rate to one digit. The imbalance between import and export has been a concern for the country and the government will be giving due attention to bridge the gap thereby improving hard currency earning.
Earlier in the day, the House of Federation in its opening session chaired by President Dr. Mulatu appointed Yalew Abate and Mohamed Reshid as Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the House respectively. Former Speaker Kassa Teklebirhan handed over power to the newly appointed Speaker.