A new mayor and city council have been appointed in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.?
A new mayor and city council have been appointed in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. They were sworn in on Thursday (8 December) nearly a week after the assassination of the city's former Mayor-elect, Mr. Gutta Sernessa, during a wave of protests and demonstrations against the country's ruling Provisional Military Administrative Council.
SYNOPSIS: The new Council was sworn in at the City Hall, where security had been tightened against possible anti-Government demonstrations.
The official Ethiopian News Agency (ENA) said it was the first time in the country's history that a democratically elected council had been appointed in Addis Ababa. It said the new members had been elected by the city's urban dwellers' associations, and approved by the Government. A member of the Government's central committee, Sergeant Legasse Asfaw, officiated at the ceremony, and called it an occasion of historical significance. He said the election was one of the notable revolutionary gains of the people. But in recent political violence protestors have been demanding more democracy from the government.
During the ceremony a two-minutes' silence was observed in memory of the former mayor-elect. Sergeant Legasse, left, was among those participating. Three other officials were also killed during the recent violence.
The new Mayor, Dr. Alemu Abebe, said various conspiracies were being woven by anti-revolutionary forces in order to weaken the Government, and he urged all revolutionaries to close their ranks and present a common front. The Government said "hired assassins" had killed the former Mayor-elect and other officials, but gave no further details. Reuter has reported that diplomats in Addis Ababa believe hundreds of Marxist students died during anti-Government demonstrations there nearly a week ago.