Senior Ethiopian official defects to Canada and Claims Asylum

November 11, 2012 — Atakliti Hagos, the Director of the Federal Civil Service Agency of Ethiopia, has defected to Canada last month and is seeking political asylum, Ethsat reported.

The Amsterdam-based news network said Atakliti was reported to have been absent from his work for over two months but arrived in Canada with his family to seek asylum over a month ago.

His decision to abandon within weeks of the appointment of Hailemariam Desalegn as prime minister might be considered as a vote of no-confidence for the regime, observers have noted.

Following the demise of former dictator Meles Zenawi in August, at least two other senior Ethiopian politicians have defected to the United States and Canada.

Meanwhile, sources have disclosed Communications Minister Bereket Simons, who has become the de facto ruler of Ethiopia, is planning to purge a number of officials in the coming weeks.

Communications Minister Bereket Simons becomes de facto ruler of Ethiopia