PM Assignes Catholic Cardinal to Chair Reconciliation Commission


In addition, Yetnebersh Nigussie, a lawyer and disability rights activist is also appointed to be deputy chair of the Commission.

In an orientation session organized today for the members of the Commission, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed emphasized to the new members that they are now tasked with nurturing and sustaining national cohesion.

He also encouraged them to create a system that can be a model for other countries.

According to Prime minister office, the commission will be working closely with the Ministry of Peace in delivering on its mandate

Last week, House of Peoples Representatives has named 41 individuals from different walks of life including faith leaders, former politicians, thought leaders, intellectuals, artists and actors, Authors were appointed to be members of the commission which is expected to bring peace and reconciliation among people of the nation.

Berhaneyesus the current head of the Ethiopian Catholic Church and Yetnebersh Nigussie, prominent figure were two of the 41 members who sworn in in front of the house.

Born on 14 July 1948 in Tchela Claka, near Harar in Ethiopia, Berhaneyesus Demerew, studied Theology at King’s College London and was ordained Catholic priest on 4 July 1976.

He also earned a degree in sociology at the Pontifical Gregorian University.


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