July 24, 2018 - Ethiopian Prime Minister's office disclosed that the Prime Minister will encourage and pursue a multi-party system. According to Fitsum Arega, the Prime Minister's chief of staff, Ethiopia must pursue multiparty democracy, according to Reuters.
Ethiopia has been ruled by the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), a coalition made up of four regional parties, for more than a quarter of a century.
The country allows for mult-party system, but in name only, as all parliamentary seats are currently held by the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front, which has maintained tight control in the country of 100 million people since it came to power in 1991.
Abiy Ahmed became prime minister in April and is currently the leader of one of the four regional parties, the OPDO.
Abiy was meeting national and regional parties on Sunday and his chief of staff, Fitsum Arega, said in a tweet:
“PM Abiy concluded: Given our current politics, there is no option except pursuing a multiparty democracy supported by strong institutions that respect human rights and rule of law.”
He said the parties appreciated Abiy’s political reforms and also wanted changes to electoral laws.