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Date: Thursday, 07 June 2018

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. FILE |

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Thursday June 7 2018

Long-serving Ethiopian military chief Gen Samora Yenus has been retired, the Prime Minister's office announced on Thursday.

Gen Samora's position has been taken by his deputy, Gen Seare Mekonen, the PM's office said.

Gen Samora was part of the 1970-1990 guerrilla struggle by the Tigrian rebels against the Ethiopian military regime of Mengistu Hailemariam.

The 69-year-old General later served as a commander and division head, playing a significant role in the Ethiopia-Eritrea border war. He was promoted to the Army Chief level in 2001.

Semblance of stability

General Saere also emerged from liberation struggle of Tigrian People Liberation Front (TPLF) and later served in various positions in the Ethiopian military.

Ethiopia is undergoing fast-paced political and economic reforms under the leadership of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who took over office two months ago.

Mr Abiy's ascendance followed the surprise resignation of Mr Hailemariam Desalegn.

The vast and populous country has struggled with massive public protest and violence for the last three years, but a semblance of stability has been restored since Mr Abiy took charge.

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