TPLF Orders Its Members to Quit Positions in Federal Houses

By Staff Reporter  

TPLF-withdraws-members-from-federal-positionsOctober 5, 2020 ( -- In an extraordinary move, the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) announced the withdrawal of its representatives and political appointees from the House of People's Representatives, House of Federation, and other federal institutions.

TPLF executive committee member and spokesperson of the Tigray region Getachew Reda said the regional government has communicated to the region’s members of both Houses to quit their position.

According to the spokesperson, TPLF’s political appointees in the federal offices are also told to quit their jobs.

He said the terms of the two houses have already expired on October 5, 2020 so did the lifetime of the government and its cabinet. Hence, there are no legal relations the Tigray region can establish with the center unless a new government is formed.

It is not clear whether representatives of the Tigray region attended the joint opening session of the House of Federation and the House of Peoples Representatives held on Monday.

Getachew Reda, however, said the Tigray region will continue working with the federal Judiciary, defence force, diplomatic missions, and social and economic institutions.  

Critics say it would be difficult for the region to work with such federal institutions which are controlled by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and his appointees.

This week, Speaker of the House of Federation, Adem Farah, told local media that there is a constitutional ground to form an interim administration and to deploy Federal security forces in the Tigray region.

Meanwhile, prominent opposition leaders Jawar Mohammed and Bekele Gerba who are leaders of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC) demanded Federal Prison Administration to release them from jail.

In a letter addressed to the Federal Prison Administration Kality Detention Center Office, the opposition leaders, who have been in jail for alleged instigation of violence in Ethiopia’s Oromia region, requested the administration to set them free as the term of the government which filed lawsuits against them has expired.

“As  it is clearly stipulated by the country’s constitution, the term of the government ends today October 5, 2020 and there is no legal ground for the government to stay in power any more, hence, we kindly request the prison administration to set us free and participate in the soon to be established caretaker government,” the letter reads.

Bekele Gerba, Jawar Mohammed, Hamza Adane and Shemsedin Taha signed on the letter.

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