TPLF (Tigray People Liberation Front) elected Abay Woldu and Dr
Debretsion Gebremikael as chairman and
deputy chairman, respectively on
TPLF is one of the four member parties of the
Ethiopian ruling party, EPRDF ( Ethiopian peoples revolutionary
democratic front). Founded in 1975, TPLF was led by the late prime
minister meles zenawi since 1989.
The 45 member TPLF council
conducted the election on Tuesday. However, it appears that the council
didn't elect new member to fill the vacant seats in the TPLF and EPRDF
executive committees previously held by meles zenawi.
the newly elected chairman of TPLF, has been serving as dep. chair of
TPLF and president of Tigray region since 2010. Abay Woldu joined TPLF
in the late 1970s and has served as member of the executives committee
of EPRDF and TPLF since 2000.
He was administrator of central
zone of Tigray from 1992-2000. he became member of the regional
government's cabinet and head of the region's agricultural bureau from
2000 to2010. he doubled as a vice president of the region after 1998
until his election as president.
Debretsion Gebremikael, the
newly elected deputy chairman of TPLF, joined the TPLF executive
committee and is minister of communication and information technology
He joined TPLF during the days of armed struggle and
has served as head of various departments of interior ministry during
the transitional government period from 1992-1995.
since the mid -
1990s, Debretsion served as zone administrator and cabinet member of
Tigray region government, then as director of information and
communication technology development agency ( ICTDA) of the federal
His agency was upgraded to a ministry in 2010 when
he was appointed as its minister. Debretsion is member of the executive
commitee of EPRDF and TPLF currently.