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Powerful women in politics around the world

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Sahle-Work Zewde, President of Ethiopia

She became the country's first female head of state after she was unanimously chosen by the Ethiopian parliament on Oct. 25, 2018. As a diplomat, Zewde formerly worked with the United Nations as a special representative of Secretary General António Guterres to the African Union. She has also served as Ethiopia's ambassador to France, Djibouti and Senegal.

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