Ethiopia PM attends party conference of Somali regional state


Abdur Rahman Alfa Shaban  

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Wednesday arrived in capital of the eastern Somali regional state, Jigjiga, to attend the closing conference of the state’s ruling party, the Somali Democratic Party, SDP.

The party on Monday started its organizational conference, the first for its new leader Mustafa Omer who took over last year after the former leader was deposed over human rights infractions.

Abiy has over the last one year kept a close eye on the SDP which is a satellite party of the four-member ruling coalition, the EPRDF.

He recently met with Omar and leader of the party Ahmed Shide – who happens to the Finance Minister, to help resolve intra-party issues. Shide was elected chair of the party with Omer as deputy chairman.