ADDIS ABABA, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) -- At its extraordinary session, Ethiopia's Parliament on Friday swore in Hailemariam Desalegn as prime minister of the country in place of the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi who passed away on Aug. 20, 2012.
Hailemariam, 47, had been serving Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs since 2010 before taking the oath of office at the parliament.
The swearing-in came following the meeting of the Council of Ethiopia's ruling party, the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), last Saturday when Hailemariam was elected to serve chairman of the party in place of the late prime minister who had been the chairman of EPRDF.
Demeke Mekonnen, Minister of Education, was elected deputy chairman of EPRDF.
The parliament also approved the appointment of Demeke Mekonnen as the Deputy Prime Minister of the country.
Demeke will be serving the double positions of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education.