Ethiopian prime minister Abiy Ahmed hands half of cabinet to women

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has unveiled a downsized cabinet where, in a first, half the members are women.

Abiy’s Chief of Staff Fitsum Arega said women occupy key positions in the 20-member cabinet that includes a newly created Ministry of Peace to oversee the federal police and intelligence agencies.

ELSEWHERE – Around 200 deputies kept Algeria’s parliament locked up for several hours in a protest action to press demands for the house speaker to step down.

The head of parliament’s foreign affairs committee, Abdelhamid Si Affif, told media that their protest is aimed at the resignation of the speaker, after the protesters blocked the entrance with a chain and padlock.

President of Algeria’s lower house, Said Bouhadja, has since late September resisted calls to resign over charges of mismanagement, exaggerated and illicit expenses and dubious recruitment.

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