Ethiopia’s parliament allows PM Abiy Ahmed to stay one more year in office as elections get postponed

After the elections scheduled to be held this August were postponed in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, Ethiopia’s parliament has given its nod to allow Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to stay one more year in office.

“The House of Federation has approved a decision to extend the term of all assemblies until international health institutions have deemed the threat from Coronavirus to be over,” reported the Ethiopian News Agency.

The move came after a total of 114 lawmakers voted in favour of the resolution that took place on Wednesday, June 10, to decide whether to extend the terms of federal and regional lawmakers and the executive branch of the government for between nine and 12 months.

The elections will be held once the health authorities determine that the COVID-19 infection is no longer a threat to public health.

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