Ethiopian Parliament to Hold Extraordinary Meeting Tomorrow

ADDIS ABEBA – Ethiopian parliament will hold an extraordinary session on Wednesday to discuss four agendas including the fate of Addis Abeba city council election, its office announced today.

The office of the house of peoples representatives says in a statement that the lawmakers will discuss a resolution regarding the fate of Addis Abeba city and Dire Dawa city councils and local elections.

Last year, MPs voted on a contested motion to postpone the elections to 2019, without stating the exact date. The unrest has been given as a major reason for the lawmakers’ decision to delay the vote.

The national electoral board of Ethiopia has been assessing whether conditions are right to conduct elections in the two cities, Tagesse Chafo, speaker of the house, told reporters earlier this month.

On Wednesday, the PMs are expected to look into the resolution prepared based on the assessment and approve it, says the House of parliament. The statement does not delve into the content of the resolution.

Meanwhile, the lawmakers, in the same session, will also discuss and approve three revised draft laws that aim to regulate banking sector, customs, and land expropriation and compensation payment.

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