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Premier Abiy appoints new chief of staff

(EBC; June 8, 2018) - Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed yesterday appointed two high level government officials.

Accordingly, the Premier has appointed General Seare Mekonen as Chief of Staff of the Ethiopian National Defense Forces, replacing General Samora Yenus. General Samora Yenus has been in charge of the army for more than a decade and a half.

The Prime Minister has also appointed General Adem Mohamed as the Director General of the National Intelligence Security Service (NISS).

General Seare Mekonen and General Adem Mohamed were among the three generals who were appointed as deputy Chiefs of Staff in February this year.

The Office of the Prime Minister said that the appointment, bestowed upon the officials starting from today, is based on their work experience.

Meanwhile, President Mulatu Teshome awarded the outgoing Chief of Staff of the National Defense Forces, General Samora Yenus the country’s highest military medal in recognition of his service.

The president acknowledged the General’s contribution saying he deserves the award for his patriotism and achievement in the national defense forces.