Ethiopian Speaker of House of Federation Resigns

By Staff Reporter

Keria-Ibrahim-resignedJune 8, 2020 ( -- Escalating tensions between the Tigrayan People's Liberation Front (TPLF) and the central government, Keria Ibrahim has resigned as speaker of the House of Federation (HOF) of Ethiopia over the postponement of the Ethiopian general elections.

Keria was named as speaker of HOF in April 2018 after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed came to power and won the hearts of the majority of the Ethiopian public.

Several people had anticipated her resignation as the controversy between the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) to which she is a member and the ruling Prosperity Party (PP) escalates.

“I am not willing to work with a dictator government that violates the country’s constitution every day," Keria said on Tigray TV.

Keria has accused the government of putting articles of the constitution together unlawfully to postpone the general elections against the constitution and to extend its hidden agenda of seizing power indefinitely.

The constitution has officially been violated by the government which is turning into dictator regime, she said

The ruling body has come to the decision to stay in power without the will of the Ethiopian public in a strange and unconstitutional way using what is called “constitution interpretation”  

The speaker characterized the government’s decision to postpone the election as “grand and historical mistake” and “the PP is intimidating those MPs who stand against its decision”.

“As the speaker of the HOF, I have the responsibility bestowed to me by the Ethiopian public to ensure the constitution is respected. Hence, I do not want to collaborate and when the government officially breaches the constitution, Keria said.

The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) last April announced the decision that it was not in a position to conduct the election due to the state of emergency declared by the government to stem the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

NEBE said its pre-election activities including recruitment of election executives were hampered due to the emergency law and proposed the parliament to postpone the election.

The government had proposed four options namely the State of Emergency, Constitutional amendment, Constitutional interpretation, and Dissolving Parliament to resolve the constitutional crisis that might occur by postponing the elections.

The parliament voted for Constitutional Interpretation as a legal option to deal with a constitutional crisis.

Accordingly, the Ethiopian Supreme Court interpreted three articles namely Article 54 (1), 58, (2), and Article 93 of the Constitution, and submitted its decision to the House of Federation for approval.

TPLF is expected to issue a statement over the resignation of its executive member and former speaker of the House of Federation Keria Ibrahim shortly.

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