Regional bloc IGAD on Friday picked Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok as its chair.
The decision, reached by consensus, during the Ordinary Summit in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa is seen as compromise to avert fallout after Kenya, Djibouti differed over seat.
Hamdok will take the mantle from Ethiopia which has held the position since 2010.
Sudan will now hold the position for one year, giving PM Hamdok a new clout just months after he became the head of a transitional government formed after the ouster of Omar al-Bashir.
Ethiopia’s PM Abiy Ahmed had been the chair since he took power in April 2018.
Ethiopia had held the position through his predecessors Meles Zenawi and Hailemariam Desalegn successively since 2010.