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Muktar Kedir

Muktar Kedir
President of the Oromo Region
Assumed office
18 February 2014
Preceded by Alemayehu Atomsa
Deputy Prime Minister of Ethiopia
In office
29 November 2012 – 18 February 2014
Serving with Demeke Mekonnen
and Debretsion Gebremichael
Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn
Preceded by Hailemariam Desalegn
Succeeded by Aster Mamo
Minister for the Civil Service
In office
29 November 2012 – 18 February 2014
Prime Minister Meles Zenawi
Hailemariam Desalegn
Preceded by Alemayehu Atomsa
Succeeded by Aster Mamo
Head of the Prime Minister's Office
Minister of Cabinet Affairs
In office
6 October 2010 – 29 November 2012
Prime Minister Meles Zenawi
Hailemariam Desalegn
Preceded by Alemayehu Atomsa
Succeeded by Debebe Aberra
Personal details
Born Jimma, Kaffa Province, Ethiopia
Political party Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front
Other political
Oromo People's Democratic Organization
Alma mater Ethiopian Civil Service College (J.D.)
Religion Sunni Islam

Muktar Kedir (Amharic: ሙክታር ፡ ከድር) is an Ethiopian politician who has served as President of the Oromo Region, the country's largest, since 2014.


  • Early life and education 1
  • Career 2
  • Regional presidency 3
  • References 4

Early life and education

Muktar was born in Jimma.[1] He received a degree from the Ethiopian Civil Service College in law and studied at Azusa Pacific University, He received an honorary doctorate from Kyungwon University in South Korea in August 2014.[1]


Muktar joined the Jimma Zone in 1999, serving in the post until 2003.[1] From 2008 to 2010 he served as Vice-President of the Oromo Region; here he came into conflict with the party's Christian faction for approving Wahhabist gatherings.[1] It was revealed in a Wikileaks cable that Sheik Elias Redman, deputy chairman of the Ethiopian Islamic Affairs Supreme Council, accused Muktar of "colluding with Saudi Wahhabists" to undermine traditional moderate Sufi Islam, and that an armed Wahabist group was attacking "traditional mosques and imams" in the region.[2]

In 2010 he was appointed Head of the Office of the Prime Minister and Minister for Cabinet Affairs.[3]

From 2012 to 2014 he was one of the country's three deputy prime Ministers, serving with Debretsion Gebremichael and Demeke Mekonnen, considered "a loyal politician and trusted ally of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn"[1] was appointed minister for the civil service.

Regional presidency

Muktar succeeded the ailing Alemayehu Atomsa as President of the Oromo Region on 18 February 2014.[1]


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