Hailemariam would become the Premier with three Deputy Prime Ministers
Awramba Times credible sources disclosed that a final deal has been reached to an arrangement in which Hailemariam Desalegn would become Meles Zenawi’s successor and there would be three Deputy Prime Ministers from the remaining three member parties of the ruling coalition (OPDO, TPLF and ANDM) as Hailemariam is already represented from SEPDM.
Accordingly, Girma Birru of OPDO is mentioned as a deputy in charge of economic affairs and all the ministries in this sector report to him. They include ministries of industry, trade, finance and economic development, agriculture, mines, transport, information and communication technology, science and technology, and energy and water development. Demeke Mekonnen of ANDM is likely to take the Deputy Prime minister position with social sector portfolio with the ministries such as education, health, social and labor, women, youth and children, culture and tourism, civil service and justice reporting to him.
The third Deputy prime minister is expected to be from the TPLF and would be in charge of foreign and security affairs with the direct report of foreign, defense, federal affairs ministries and a multitude of federal security agencies.
The EPRDF Central Committee meeting is slated for September 16, 2012.