Demeke Mekonnen

Ethiopian politician

Demeke Mekonnen Hassen (Ge'ez: ደመቀ መኮንን; born 27 September 1963) is an Ethiopian politician and has served as the Deputy Prime Minister of Ethiopia, since 2012.[1] Demeke has assumed the position of the Acting Prime Minister of Ethiopia on 23 November 2021, following Abiy Ahmed's decision to engage in the ongoing Tigray War at the frontlines.[2]

Demeke Mekonnen
ደመቀ መኮንን
Demeke Mekonnen Hassen - 2020 (cropped).jpg
Deputy Prime Minister of Ethiopia
Assumed office
21 September 2012
Serving with Debretsion Gebremichael
and Aster Mamo (2012-16)
Prime MinisterHailemariam Desalegn
Abiy Ahmed
Preceded byHailemariam Desalegn
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
8 March 2019 – 18 April 2019
Prime MinisterAbiy Ahmed
Preceded byWorkneh Gebeyehu
Succeeded byGedu Andargachew
Chairman of the
Amhara Democratic Party
Assumed office
8 September 2010
DeputyGedu Andargachew
Preceded byAddisu Legesse
Minister of Education
In office
30 October 2008 – 4 July 2013
Prime MinisterMeles Zenawi
Hailemariam Desalegn
Succeeded byShiferaw Shigute
Personal details
Born (1963-09-27) 27 September 1963 (age 59)
Gojjam, Ethiopia
Political partyAmhara Democratic Party
Other political
Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front
Spouse(s)Alemitu Kassaye
Alma materBradford University
Addis Ababa University


  1. H.E. Demeke Mekonnen Hassen, 'Deputy Prime Minister, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia', Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Office of the Prime Minister, Archived 2019-04-20 at the Wayback Machine, accessed 12 October 2019
  2. "Ethiopia's PM Abiy Ahmed vows to lead army 'from the battlefront'".