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Dr. Abiy Ahmed Becomes EPRDF Chairman

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Dr. Abiy Ahmed is the new Chairman of the EPRDF. Dr. Abiy was selected by the EPRDF Council on March 27, 2018.

Abiy Ahmed Ali (PhD) is the current Chairman of the Oromo Peoples’ Democratic Organization (OPDO). He served as OPDO Secretariat up to his selection in February 2018 as its new Chairman.

Dr. Abiy grew up in Jimma, where he attended his primary and secondary school education. He joined the military in 1991 to fight against the Derg Regime.

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He holds the title of Lieutenant Colonel in Ethiopia’s National Defense Forces.

Among his many academic accomplishments is a Ph.D. on Conflict Resolution which he attained in 2013 at the Institute for Peace and Securities Studies in Addis Ababa University.

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Dr. Abiy sits on the board of the Oromia Broadcasting Network(OBN), Jimma University and the Oromia Microfinancing Bank. He has been on the board of Ethio Telecom as well as Ethiopian Television. He is also a founder of Ethiopia’s Information Network Security Agency (INSA).

Abiy Ahmed was born to a Muslim father and Christian mother. He is one example of the religious and cultural diversity of the Jimma Region and Ethiopia at large.