Ambassador Sahle Work appointed as President of Ethiopia
The House of Peoples’ Representatives and the House of Federation, in a joint session held on October 25, elected Ambassador Sahlework Zewde as the 4th President of Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.
Ambassador Sahlework took her new post following Dr. Mulatu’s, resignation request to the Houses.
Ambassador Sahlework, who started her career as Public Relations Officer in the Ministry of Education is also a prominent diplomat. She has served her country as an Ambassador to different countries. She has served as ambassador of Ethiopia to Senegal where she served there from 1989 to 1993 with an accreditation to Mali, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Gambia and Guinea.
She was also Ambassador to Djibouti and Permanent Representative to IGAD from 1993 to 2002 and. In 2002 she was again assigned to France as an Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UNESCO while accredited to Tunisia and Morocco until 2006.
From 2006 to 2009, Ambassader Sahlework was the Permanent Representative of Ethiopia to the AU and UNECA and Director General for African affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia.
Ambassader Sahlework also joined the UN in 2009 and has served as a Special Representative and head of the UN Integrated Peace building Office in the Central African Republic (BINUCA), as Director General of the UN office Habitat in Nairobi (UNON). Until elected as President, she was also serving as the Special Representative of United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres to the African Union and Head of the United Nations Office to the African Union at the level of Under-Secretary-General.