ADDIS ABABA-The African Union (AU) Commission and the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) have welcomed the smooth transition of power in Ethiopia this week and have pledged to work closely with the new Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, according to statements received from the two African organizations.

Moussa Faki Mahamat, the Chairperson of AU Commission, who congratulated Abiy on his confirmation as the new Prime Minister of Ethiopia by the national legislature on Monday, welcomed the peaceful and smooth transition, describing it as “a demonstration of political maturity”.

Mahamat further reiterated the AU’s full support to the people and government of Ethiopia as they strive to achieve greater strides in the interest of their country, the region and the entire continent, according to an AU statement.

He vowed to work closely with Ahmed towards achievement of the objectives set in the continent’s 50-year-development strategy, Agenda 2063, including the promotion of peace and security and the advancement of continental integration.

Mahamat is “convinced that, under the leadership of the new Prime Minister, Ethiopia will successfully meet the tasks at hand and further consolidate the remarkable social-economic progress it has made over the past two decades”.

Mahamat also commended Ethiopians for their ability to mitigate recent challenges, saying that “throughout their long and proud history, the Ethiopian people have shown their ability to overcome challenges and unite in the pursuit of the higher interest of their country”.

He also had high praise for former Premier Hailemariam Desalegn “for his commitment and contribution to the advancement of Ethiopia and the continent as a whole”.

IGAD, the eight-nation Horn of Africa sub-regional grouping based in Djibouti, congratulated Abiy and welcomed him as the new Chairperson of IGAD.

IGAD commends the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) for the wise and principled election of its new Chairperson, Abiy Ahmed, who is also the Chairperson of the Oromo People Democratic Organization (OPDO), one of the four member parties of the Front, the bloc said in a statement.

IGAD said it strongly believes that Abiy, one of the young, dynamic, and highly educated members of the EPRDF leadership, is up to the mark to lead the coalition, which has deservedly been applauded as the architect of Ethiopia’s benchmark status regarding the economic and social progress in the continent, it added.

It also welcomed Prime Minister Abiy as the new Chairperson of IGAD.