Abiye Ahmed an ethnic Oromo will lead Ethiopia after the ruling coalition voted him to the sensitive office of Prime Minister.
The state-run channel said the 180-member council of the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) chose Abiye to succeed Hailemariam Desalegn as the chairperson of the coalition, meaning he automatically became premier.
Hailemariam Desalegn resigned from PM office last month.
“In today’s session, the council held a vote and elected Abiye Ahmed as chairperson,” said the EBC presenter, without giving further details.
State-affiliated outlets said Abiye won over 60% of all votes in the council.
Abiye, who hails from the Oromo ethnic group, will take over the government of Africa’s second most populous country.
The ruling coalition has struggled to contain persistent and violent unrest since 2015, the biggest challenge to its hold on power since 1991.
Hailemariam cast his resignation last month as a bid to smooth the way for reforms. It came after strikes and demonstrations near the capital successfully demanding the release of opposition members.
The anti-government protests began in 2015 over land rights before broadening into demonstrations over political and human rights.
The government has twice imposed emergency rule, most recently after Hailemariam’s resignation, to contain unrest mainly in Oromiya province, the country’s most populous region.