The Prime News (Oct 04, 2020): Both Houses to hold their joint opening session tomorrow, on the day both houses term ends. The 5th Joint Opening Ceremony of the 5th House of Peoples’ Representatives and the House of Federation will be held on Monday, Oct 05,2020 at 8:00 am in the presence of the President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Sahele Work Zewde.
The opening ceremony will be attended by religious leaders, political party leaders, celebrities and ambassadors, as well as representatives of international organizations in Addis Ababa.

“As of Oct 05,2020, the current PM and Deputy Prime Minister, They will be called the former PM and deputy PM” said TPLF Executive Member Getachew Reda on his interview with Tigray state media. “As of Oct 05, councils can continue as associations, but they do not have legal representation”, He added,

Getachew Reda

Mr. Getachew also commented about the defense force, and the vice chief of staf G/ Brhanu Jula ” I have respect for General Berhanu Jula and the Defense Forces. I would say that for a novice dictator, it is better to have a constitutional duty than to save an individual who is not saved and is hated by the people. It is not his job to talk about prosperity. If he wants to join a prosperous party, he can join in a civilian. It’s easy, it’s just obedience to Abi Ahmed.”

Another prominent party in Ethiopian politics Ethiopian Democratic party wrote a letter about the invitation to participate in the opening session as follows

Ethiopia Democratic Party, EDP

“Our party is invited to attend the 5th opening ceremony of the 5th House of Peoples’ Representatives of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and the House of Federation on Oct 05,2020 at 8:00 PM, followed by 1:00 PM. However, in the name of constitutional interpretation, we strongly oppose the government’s illegal extension of power and we respectfully declare that our party will not be present in either program. We still believe that a comprehensive reconciliation government should be established. To this end, we believe that the nature of an all-inclusive national dialogue and reconciliation forum should be discussed in order to overcome the national dangers that lie ahead. Otherwise, we do not believe that all the activities of the government alone will only complicate our country’s problems”

The prominent Oromo Activist and Lawyer Henok Gabisa (PhD) Chairman of the International Oromo Lawyers Association (IOLA) on twitter writes about the term expiration of both houses: “There is Limit to your Power”


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