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
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.