Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Ã¢â‚¬â€œ The joint session of the two houses of parliament elected Amhassador Mulatu Teshome (PhD) as president of the Republic.
Mulatu, 55, served the nation in various diplomatic missions and until recently was EthiopiaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ambassador to Turkey. Many of his diplomatic missions were in Asian countries including China, Japan and Thailand.
The new president replaced Girma Woldegiorgis after the end of a two six-year terms. In his departing speech, Girma looked back to 12 years of his term and comparing it to the gloomy days two decades back to a country ravaged by civil war.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Our current position as a nation was unimaginable 22 years before that,Ã¢â‚¬Â Girma said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We have built a democratic federal state where equality and tolerance between various ethnicities prevailÃ¢â‚¬Â¦Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We are building a bright future for Ethiopia with a successive double digit economic growth,Ã¢â‚¬Â said the former president considering himself Ã¢â‚¬Å“luckyÃ¢â‚¬Â to be part of a new chapter in EthiopiaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s history. He concluded his speech by wishing his successor a fruitful tenure.
The election of Amb. Mulatu as the countryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s new president was greeted with warm applause from members of the two houses with MP Girma Seifu of Unity for Democracy and Justice (UDJ) welcoming the appointment.