Ethiopia - Election 2020
The President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia is the Head of State, a largely symbolic and ceremonial post. The House of Peoples' Representatives shall nominate the candidate for President. The nominee shall be elected President if a joint session of the House of Peoples' Representatives and the House of the Federation approves his candidacy by a two-thirds majority vote.
Dr. Mulatu Teshome Wirtu, the president of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (FDRE), was elected President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia for a term of six years on October 7, 2013 by the joint session of the House of People’s Representatives and the House of Federation of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia said 27 August 2018 that the 2020 election will be free and not be delayed by his sweeping reforms to the African nation’s politics, economy and diplomacy. Ahmed, who took office in April 2018, pledged to open up the state-dominated economy and has taken steps to end decades of hostility with neighbouring Eritrea — moves that could reshape the country and the broader Horn of Africa region.
“My dream and ambition is for democratic elections to be held,” the 42-year-old prime minister said. “Otherwise, what legitimacy can any official have without the mandate earned through elections?” He said elections, due in 2020, should not be delayed until the reforms he has announced are completed. He said the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) coalition’s focus in 2019 would be on “preparations for free elections to be held.” Ahmed promised to give more room to opponents in a nation of 100 million where no opposition lawmakers sit in parliament.
The ruling coalition, in power since ousting dictator, Mengistu Haile Mariam in 1991, has long been accused by the opposition of crushing dissent, a charge it had denied, though Mr Ahmed has spoken frankly since taking office about past abuses. Some political dissidents have voiced scepticism about change as long as Mr Ahmed’s EPRDF remains in power.
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