Ethiopian Minister of Women, Children and Youth Affairs Felsen Abdullahi has announced his resignation in a letter to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
In a copy of her resignation letter posted on her social media page, the minister said in a letter that she had resigned for “personal reasons that put pressure on my conscience”.
The BBC has confirmed that the letter was written by the ministry’s communications officer.
The minister did not elaborate on the reason for her resignation. “Things that go against my values and my integrity and question my morals, as well as denying these beliefs, are a violation of my own and our citizens’ beliefs,” he said.
He added that the decision was taken following discussions with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on national and international issues, but declined to comment.
The BBC tried to confirm the details of the resignation letter on social media, but received no response to the phone call or text message.
Speaking to the BBC, Zelalem Shambel, communications officer at the Ministry of Women, Children and Youth Affairs, said he did not know anything about the minister’s resignation and was trying to reach her.
He said he had seen the news on social media and that the situation was unpredictable, adding that it was difficult to get details due to the holiday.
He later told the BBC that he had spoken to the minister on the phone and that the resignation was his own, as stated in the letter.
He was one of the young women ministers approved by the House of Representatives on March 10, 2012.
Prior to his appointment as Philosopher, he had established a television station to promote inter-communal communication.
“I am proud to say that despite the unfortunate opportunities and challenges, we have achieved results for more than a year,” he said.
During his stay in Addis Ababa, Minister Philson said the ministry has developed a 10-year plan to develop a new institution that it believes will make a difference in the lives of Ethiopian women, children and youth.
“Implementing these plans will enhance the rights and safety of women, children and youth that have not been worked on for a long time. It is especially important at this time in the country,” he said.
Finally, the Minister thanked the Prime Minister for the opportunity. He wrote in his letter that it was an honor to serve him in the ministry.
The young minister indicated in her letter that she would resign on Monday, September 30, 2014.
After Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva came to power, he had a large number of female ministers in his cabinet, including Minister Felsin.
When the new Ethiopian federal government is formed on Monday, it will nominate the country’s prime minister for the next five years, and the prime minister is expected to present his cabinet to parliament.