Ethiopia has appointed a former diplomat to become its first female president.
68-year old Sahle-Work Zewde was unanimously confirmed by the country’s parliament in the capital city of Addis Ababa on Thursday, October 25 and is currently Africa’s only female head of state. Before Zewde’s presidency, previous female heads of state and or government throughout the continent of Africa have included Elisabeth Domitien and Catherine Samba-Panza in the Central African Republic, Monique Ohsan Bellepeau and Ameenah Gurib in Mauritius, Aminata Touré in Senegal, Cissé Mariam Kaïdama Sidibé in Mali, and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in Liberia.
Zewde was also the country’s ambassador to France, Senegal, and Djibouti as well as the first woman to become the U.N. special representative to the African Union and the head of the U.N. Office to the African Union.
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