The Council decided Demeke Mekonnen to continue as Deputy Chairperson of EPRDF.
Dr Abiy was born in Jima zone, Oromia regional state and is the current Chairperson of the Oromo People Democratic Organization (OPDO).
He earned his first degree in Computer Engineering, MA in Transformational Leadership and Change, MBA in Management and Leadership as well as PhD in Peace and Security.
He served as Minister of Science and Technology, Director General of the Federal Science and Technology Center of Excellence, Deputy Director of the Information Network Security Agency (INSA).
He also served as head of Urban Development and Housing Bureau of the Oromia regional state with the rank of Deputy Chief Administrator.
He also served as a soldier in the Ethiopian National Defense Force where he received the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.