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ETHIOPIA: First Female President

The Catholic Church in Ethiopia has commended the election of the country’s first female President, Sahle-Work Zewde, saying it is pleased that women, “…are getting their rightful place in the development of the country.”

“The Ethiopian Catholic Church believes that President Sahle-Work Zewde, who has years of impressive diplomatic experience, will further strengthen the leading role Ethiopia is playing in the region and further enhance the soft power of the country at an international level,” said a source from the Catholic Secretariat.

President Zewde, 68, has served in several diplomatic posts, including as Ethiopia’s representative to the United Nations and as director-general of the U.N. offices in Nairobi where she met Pope Francis in 2015.  


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