6th General Elections Would Not be Held in Tigray: Officials

By Staff Reporter

Tigray-Region-officials-oppose-6th-electionSeptember 24, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- Officials from the Tigray region has opposed a decision by the Ethiopian House parliament authorizing the country to hold the 6th general elections as “illegal and unacceptable.”

The rejection comes a day after Tagesse Chafo, Speaker of the House of People’s Representatives (HPR) said that the general election will be held throughout the country, including in Tigray.

The Tigray region, which already conducted separate polls two weeks ago, said there would be no legitimate federal government in Ethiopia after October 5, 2020.

Ethiopia had been due to hold its national elections on 29 August but postponed it indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Tigray Region’s Communications head Lia Kassa said the nation needs to establish a caretaker government to hold elections across the country including in Tigray.

“There is no legal ground for the election to take place in Tigray region,” she said  

“Ethiopia is a great country which has a legitimate government and institutions whose terms have been extended by the House of Federation. It is erroneous for the Tigray region to have such position,” Tagesse said

“The election is not going to happen in Tigray. As far as Tigray is concerned, the next election is going to be in five years from now,” Getachew Reda executive member of Tigray regional council was quoted as saying.

Despite repeated warnings from the federal government on the illegitimacy of the election, Tigray went on forming its new government, electing Debretsion Geberemichael as regional president.

Debretsion was already serving as the deputy president of Tigray state after having been elected to the position by the outgoing Council in January 2018. Although he held the full responsibility of the regional presidency, he was elected as ‘deputy’ because he wasn’t a member of the regional parliament.

In another news, the Tigray regional council has approved a new proclamation that allows opposition political parties in the region to assume 15 seats in the council even though they won nothing in the recently held regional election.

Accordingly, additional 15 seats were shared among five political parties based on the number of votes they won in the election.

Meanwhile, a court in Lideta, Addis Ababa, ruled on Thursday that Jawar Mohammed and seventeen other suspects be transferred to a prison facility from the police station.

The defendants appeared in court to hear the charges, but it did not happen as two of them (Dejene Tafa and Mesteward Temam) did not appear.

The lawyers of Jawar Mohammed and Bekele Gerba opposed the court ruling to transfer the suspects from the police station to prison facilities.

They demanded special protection within the prison facilities which the prosecutor rejected as inappropriate on grounds that no preferential treatment should be given between citizens.

 The defendants reportedly expressed their views that they are indifferent to the prison places they are arrested.

Regarding those who are charged in absentia (Tsegaye Ararasa, Dejene Gutema, and Birhanemeskel Abebe Segni), the court ordered the Federal Police Commission to bring them to justice. Two of them are in the United States while Tsegaye Ararasa is in Australia.

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