Ethiopia’s ruling coalition says committed to 2020 general elections timeline

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ADDIS ABABA (Xinhua) — The Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), Ethiopia’s ruling coalition, said it is committed to abiding by the 2020 general elections timeline.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, while addressing local and foreign media outlets on late Thursday, said that the Executive Committee of EPRDF had recently held meetings and agreed general elections slated for 2020 should be held on time.

“We have put in place the biggest budget for a general election so far, and reformed the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia as well as the electoral law so as to make the 2020 general elections pass smoothly,” he said.

However, Ahmed said the final decision on whether the 2020 general elections should be held on time, will not be decided by EPRDF alone and instead will need a collective decision after consultations are made with all political stakeholders.

The East African country follows a parliamentary form of government, with the 547 active federal parliamentary seats divided among political parties that represent the nine regional states plus Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa and the second-largest Ethiopian city, Dire Dawa.

In the last general elections, which was held in May 2015, the EPRDF and allied regional parties won all 547 parliamentary seats, sparking calls of foul play from opposition groups.

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