Ethiopian legislators approve plan to keep prime minister in power beyond term
By 11 June 2020
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia (photo credit: International Monetary Fund/flickr)
Ethiopian lawmakers on Wednesday approved a plan to keep Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in power beyond his current mandate, state media reported, after the coronavirus pandemic forced authorities to postpone elections planned for August.
The move by the House of Federation, the upper house of parliament, drew a rebuke from opposition leaders who have accused Abiy of using the pandemic to artificially extend his time in office, and analysts warned of possible protests and boycotts.
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