New executive secretary of Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has been appointed on Wednesday.

In a letter of appointment, Ethiopian Prime Minister who is chairperson of the assembly of heads of state has appointed his country’s former Foreign minister, Warkeneh Gebeyehu as the new executive of the block.

“In my capacity as the chairperson of IGADof heads of state and Pursuant to the decision of letter during the 10th October 2019 consultations on the mergins of the inaugurations of Unity Park in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, I am pleased to confirm your appointment as the executive secretary of IGAD,” he said.

The development comes as Djibouti and Somalia were carrying out the efforts of Djibouti and Somalia to take the lead of Inter-Governmental Authority on Development.

The two Horn of Africa sister nations, Somalia and Djibouti want the leadership of the bloc to rotational while Ethiopia and Kenya which held the leadership several times seek more chance.

The Somali government has been lobbying to hold the next Executive Secretary of The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) – an eight-country trading block in East Africa since last year.

Somalia never held the office of the Executive Secretary which has been rotational turn since the bloc was founded in 1986.

Djibouti which hosts the headquarters of IGAD and South Sudan who joined the bloc after its independence in 2011 are among the countries yet to lead the organization.


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