The Federal Government of Ethiopia
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The Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of the Government of Ethiopia are governed under the Constitution of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia adopted in 1995. The Constitution established a federation of nine National Regional States drawn along the lines of Ethiopia’s major ethno-linguistic nations and nationalities along with two chartered cities (Addis Ababa/Finfinne and Dire Dawa). The nine Regional States include: Afar, Amhara, Benishangul-Gumuz, Gambella, Harar, Oromia, Somali, SNNPNRS (in full the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ National Regional State) and Tigray.

The Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia is led by the Prime Minister, who selects all the remaining ministers in the Cabinet, also known as the Council of Ministers. The Prime Minister is designated by the party which wins a majority of seats in the 547-seat lower House of People’s Representatives (HoPR) which is elected for five-year terms in single-seat constituencies. The bicameral Federal Parliamentary Assembly is constituted by both the HoPR and the upper House of Federation (HoF) made up of 112 members elected by the State Councils. The HoPR also elects the President of Ethiopia, the country’s Head of State, who serves in six-year terms.

The Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), the party currently in government, is a coalition of parties formed of four political parties (Amhara National Democratic Movement [ANDM], Oromo People’s Democratic Organisation [OPDO], Southern Ethiopian People’s Democratic Movement [SEPDM], Tigray Peoples Liberation Front [TPLF]) and five affiliated regional parties.

The EPRDF affiliated umbrella parties include the Afar National Democratic Party (ANDP), Ethiopian Somali People’s Democratic Party (ESPDP), Harari National League (HNL), Benishangul/Gumuz Peoples Democratic Unity Front (BGPDUF) and Gambella Peoples Democratic Party (GPDP).

Members of the Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia:

Cabinet Minister Role
Mulatu Teshome (PhD) (OPDO/EPRDF) President
Abiy Ahmed (PhD) (OPDO/EPRDF) Prime Minister
Demeke Mekonnen (ANDM/EPRDF) Deputy Prime Minister
Workneh Gebeyehu (PhD) (OPDO/EPRDF) Minister of Foreign Affairs
Uba Mohammed (ESPDP) Minister of Communication and Information Technology
Motuma Mekassa (OPDO/EPRDF) Minister of Defense
Tilaye Gete (PhD) (ANDM/EPRDF) Minister of Education
Shiferaw Shigute (SEPDM/EPRDF) Minister of Agriculture and Livestock
Kebede Chane (ANDM/EPRDF) Minister of Federal Affairs and Pastoralist Area Development
Abreham Tekesete (PhD) (TPLF/EPRDF) Minister of Finance and Economic Cooperation
Amir Aman (PhD) (ANDM/EPRDF) Minister of Health
Ambachew Mekonnen (PhD) (ANDM/EPRDF) Minister of Industry
Siraj Fegessa (SEPDM/EPRDF) Minister of Transport
Jantrar Abay (ANDM/EPRDF) Minister of Urban Development and Housing
Gemeda Dole (PhD) (OPDO/EPRDF) Minister of Environment, Forest Development, and Climate Change
Getahun Mekuria (PhD) (Eng.) (OPDO/EPRDF) Minister of Science and Technology
Tagese Chafo (SEPDM/EPRDF) Minister of Public Service and Human Resource
Yealem Tsegaye (TPLF/EPRDF) Minister of Women and Children Affairs
Melaku Alebel (ANDM/EPRDF) Minister of Trade
Sileshi Bekele (PhD) (Eng.) (no party affiliation) Minister of Water, Irrigation and Electricity
Meles Alemu (SEPDM/EPRDF) Minister of Mines, Petroleum, and Natural Gas
Fozia Amin (OPDO/EPRDF) Minister of Culture and Tourism
Teshome Toga (Ambassador) (SEPDM/EPRDF) Minister of State Enterprises
Hirut Woldemariam (PhD) (SEPDM/EPRDF) Minister of Labour and Social Affairs
Restu Yirdaw (SEPDM/EPRDF) Minister of Youth and Sports
Berhanu Tsegaye (OPDO/EPRDF) Attorney General with the rank of Minister
Ahmed Shide (ESPDP) Head of Government Communication Affairs Office (GCAO) with the rank of Minister
Umar Hussein (OPDO/EPRDF) Director General of Ethiopian Revenues & Customs Authority (ERCA) with the rank of Minister
Asmelash Woldeselassie (TPLF/EPRDF) Chief Government Whip at the House of People’s Representatives with the rank of Minister
Yinager Desie (ANDM/EPRDF) Commissioner of National Plan Commission with the rank of Minister
Fetlework Gebregziabher (TPLF/EPRDF) Chief Coordinator at Democratic System Building Coordination Centre with the rank of Minister

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