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Ethiopia Lawmakers Elects Country’s First Female President

Sahle-Work Zewde, Ethiopia, First female president
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Ethiopia made history on Thursday when lawmakers unanimously elected the country’s first female president, CBS News reports.

In the mostly ceremonial position, Sahle-Work Zewde has succeeded Mulatu Teshome as the country’s president.

“In a patriarchal society such as ours, the appointment of a female head of state not only sets the standard for the future but also normalizes women as decision-makers in public life,” Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s chief of staff said on Twitter.

Half of Ethiopia’s Cabinet members are made up of women, per reports.

Sahle-Work said she is committed to bringing peace to the country saying “I urge you all, to uphold our peace, in the name of a mother, who is the first to suffer from the absence of peace.”

The diplomat had previously been the ambassador for Ethiopia in Senegal and Djibouti and served as the head of a peace-building in the Central African Republic for the United Nations.

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