Ethiopia Appoints Opposition Politician to Lead Vote Body

  • Ex-judge Birtukan’s appointment follows nomination by premier

  • Birtukan was freed in 2010 from life sentence imposed in 2008

By Nizar Manek, 22 November 2018
(Bloomberg) --
Ethiopian lawmakers appointed Birtukan Mideksa, an ex-judge and once-jailed opposition leader, as chairwoman of the electoral authority.
The appointment signifies Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s commitment to introducing multiparty democracy in a nation that’s been ruled by the same party since it overthrew a military dictatorship more than a quarter of a century ago. The Horn of Africa country is scheduled to hold elections in 2020.
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