With Seyum Awal, the TPLF takes control of the Afar party ANDP

By AfricanIntellgence

The bureau head of security, justice and administration of the Afar National Regional State (ANRS), Seyum Awal was elected president of the Afar National Democratic Party (ANDP) on 15 November.

Zehabesha-NewsStrengthening the position of a veteran of the armed struggle in the ranks of the TPLF (Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front) improves the chance of the central core of the ruling coalition EPRDF (Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front) to have its candidate succeed Ismail Ali Siro as president of ANRS. The latter, on advice from Addis Ababa, moreover supported Seyum Awal for head of ANDP against Taha Ahmed.

Moreover, the Ethiopian ambassador to Senegal and Seyum Awal’s right hand man, Hassan Abdulkadir, was elected vice president of ANDP.

A young executive, his career has taken off since he won a seat in the federal parliament in the general elections on 24 May.