An Ethiopian Airlines passenger jet bound for Nairobi crashed minutes after take-off on Sunday, killing all 157 people on board and raising questions about the safety of the Boeing 737 MAX 8, a new model that also crashed in Indonesia in October. “There are no survivors,” the airline tweeted alongside a picture of Chief Executive Tewolde GebreMariam holding up a piece of debris inside a large crater at the crash site. “The pilot mentioned that he had difficulties and that he wanted to return,” Tewolde told a news conference. Passengers from 33 countries were aboard, said Tewolde.
Sahle-Work Zewde was elected by the Ethiopian parliament as the country’s first female president. President Sahle-Work vowed to focus on gender equality in Ethiopia and to promote peace. Sahle-Work was appointed to the ceremonial position of president a week after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed created a cabinet with women filling half of the positions.