The time and term of office of the Ethiopian Prime Minister will be extended by the upper house of parliament beyond October because elections have been delayed due to Covid-19 threats and the country’s nine regional governments have also had their terms extended in a binding ruling by the House of Federation.
In its Wednesday session, the House of Federation also postponed a national census, which was due to be held this year. This is the third time it has been delayed.
It is mixed feelings for Ethiopians who see that the Cover-19 threats are lethal genuine yet that want elections to hold as soon as possible.
Hitherto, Polls were due to be held in August – but officials have postponed them because of the coronavirus pandemic. The first since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed came to power in 2018.
It has been suggested elections will be held within nine months to a year after the Covid-19 threats have been doused.
The decision comes two days after the speaker of the upper house, Keriya Ibrahim, announced her resignation, accusing the government of making unconstitutional attempts to stay in power.