Ethiopia's new Information Minister vows to Create 'Vibrant Press' though Tolerance and Stability

Ethiopia's new Information Minister vows to Create 'Vibrant Press' though Tolerance and Stability Negeri Lencho

Ethiopia's new minister of information Negeri Lencho has said he is committed to promoting free press in his country. Lencho took office following a cabinet reshuffle earlier in November, which saw the appointment of 21 ministers.

Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn replaced some of his key allies, such as the minister of foreign affairs and finance. He said the appointments were based on people's skills rather than their political affiliations.

"We cannot build democracy without vibrant media, without public participation, without tolerance and stability," Lencho told the BBC.

"This is a challenge and I like the challenges because I want to see a better media landscape... I'm not taking this office for a luxury."

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