Ethiopia vows free, fair elections within year
Ethiopia's 2 houses of parliament hold joint session Monday under extra year due to pandemic state of emergency
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia
Ethiopia on Monday vowed to give the nation free, fair, and credible elections not later than a year from now, following an extended term due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The pledge came in a speech President Sahle-Work Zewde gave to a joint session of both houses of parliament, which have gone past their five-year term under a state of emergency due to the outbreak.
"We managed to restructure the country's electoral board in a way it can function independently," Sahle-Work said.
She said the next parliamentary elections will be free, fair, and credible.
Over the last year Ethiopia has been challenged by instability, she added.
Ensuring peace, stability, and security to the people is one of the government’s top priorities, the president said.Anadolu Agency website contains only a portion of the news stories offered to subscribers in the AA News Broadcasting System (HAS), and in summarized form. Please contact us for subscription options.