The Ethiopian Democratic Party has elected a new leader at its National Conference. Mr Mushe Semu, the former Chairman, is the new EDP President, replacing Mr Ato Lidetue, in accordance with a constitutional convention that the party leader may only serve two consecutive terms of two years. Thus EDP has become the first political party in Ethiopia to change its leadership in accordance with a term limit rule.
Dr Mamadou Lamine Bâ, President of the Africa Liberal Network, has expressed his congratulations to Mr Mushe Semu and welcomed this important step by EDP in electing a new leader. This exemplary behaviour has made it clear that EDP is a truly liberal and democratic party which should set an example for other Ethiopians, including the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, HE Mr Meles Zenawi, who has promised to stand down in 2015.
Within the Ethiopian Democratic Party, Mrs Sophia Yilma Deressa retains her portfolio as EDP Vice-President, having successfully represented EDP during its membership application to join the ALN in 2010. The new party Chairman is Mr Mesfin Mengistue, who previously served as the organisational head of the party. Mr Lidetue has pledged to remain involved in the party through membership of EDP’s 25 member council.