Hailemariam Desalegn Ethiopian ex-prime minister has received the 2019 Spring Imperial Decoration form government of Japan.
The decoration was awarded in recognition of his outstanding contribution towards strengthening the bilateral relationship between Japan and Ethiopia as well as promoting Japan’s diplomacy toward Africa through TICAD. He will receive the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun.
Hailemariam received the award yesterday in a ceremony held at Japan Embassy, Addis Ababa.
Hailemariam who served as 14th Prime Minister of Ethiopia from 2012 to 2018, has also previously served as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and other governmental positions.
Following mass protests and unrest in 2016, He submitted his resignation as Prime Minister of Ethiopia and EPRDF chairperson on 15 February 2018.