Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi Saturday quit as Chair of the NEPAD Heads of State and Government Implementation Committee (HSGIC) and was replaced by Mozambican President Armando Guebuza, sources told PANA. The Ethiopian PM, who has steered the NEPAD since the 2007, quit the post for unspecified reasons.
However, another source said Meles’ decision to quit the leadership of the NEPAD HSGIC may not be final until a final decision is made on whether to extend his tenure during the AU Summit opening in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Sunday.
The Ethiopian leader has led high profile missions on behalf of the continent to several international fora, in his capacity as Chair of the Committee.
The leadership of NEPAD HSGIC offers the state concerned the chance to interact with the world’s most industrialized countries, which have developed a tradition of inviting at least one African leader, usually the one chairing the NEPAD committee, in addition to South Africa, to their annual meet.