Government Has the Power to Lead Nation until Next Elections: PM Abiy

By Staff Reporter

Abiy-AhmedMay 8, 2020 ( -- Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said only the ruling Prosperity Party has the power to lead the nation until COVID 19 crisis is over and the upcoming elections are held.

In a recorded speech on Thursday, Abiy said: “the government will not tolerate those political forces who want to seize power through violence by taking the postponed elections as an advantage.”

He said “the government would take all the necessary measures against activities that violate the constitutional order and by all means, it is ready to do so.

“The government will defend the constitution and safeguard the ongoing democratic activities the prime minister said adding “establishing a transitional government will lead the nation into endless chaos,”

According to the premier, the claim by some competing political parties to share power without elections is unacceptable and breaches not only the Ethiopian constitution but also international laws.

The premier’s remark came after Jawar Mohammed, an Oromo activist and director-general of the Oromo Media Network (OMN) called for the formation of a transitional government in Ethiopia to avoid possible political crisis the country might face by postponing the general elections.

Since 2016, Jawar has been accused of coordinating a series of violence in which more than one hundred people were killed and thousands of others were displaced. The government has not taken any measure against Jawar despite public outcry within and abroad.

"Young people should not die, mothers should not cry and houses should not be demolished just so politicians can take power." Abiy continued.

He said the proposed solution to postpone the election was made within the framework of the constitution, will not leave the nation without government, and will not give away the democratic rights of the public to some people.

“As the nation is grappled with the threat of coronavirus infections, there are political forces who running for power, ignoring the well being of their people. These people only think of power not the lives of the people,”

It is recalled that the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) had already announced that it will not be able to hold this year's general elections next August due to the restrictions set to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Meanwhile, Ethiopia has reported 25 new cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on Thursday, the highest ever since the first case confirmed on March 13, 2020.

The Ethiopian Ministry of Health in a statement said the 25 new cases were reported out of 1,843 laboratory tests conducted during the past 24 hours,

All the confirmed cases are Ethiopian nationals aged between 17-65 years.

The statement further stated that 19 of the confirmed cases have no travel history abroad or contact with a previously confirmed cases.

The total number of confirmed cases in the country has now reached 187, with four deaths so far. Ethiopia’s overall test count currently stands at 28,360.

Four cases of the virus were reported in Tigray regional state of Ethiopia late Thursday, it is learned.

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