By Addis Getachew
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia
Ethiopian Parliament on Thursday named Sahle-Work Zewde as the first woman president of the country, replacing Mulatu Teshome.
The top diplomat resigned her post as the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Office to the African Union.
Zewde became the 4th president since 1995 -- after Negasso Gidada, Girma Woldegiorgis and Mulatu Teshome.
Her appointment came in
The parliament approved Zewde's appointment as president with the unanimous vote, hence making her Ethiopia’s first woman president.
The position of the president is
The highest executive powers belong to the prime minister, who is also commander in chief of the armed forces.
Zewde also served as the head of the UN's office in Kenya and has a long diplomatic profile, serving as Ethiopia's ambassador to numerous countries at various times.