Ethiopian Lawmakers Approve Political Parties Bill Unanimously

ADDIS ABEBA – Ethiopia’s lawmakers have approved an electoral and political parties draft bill on Saturday paving the way for national elections next year, the first to be held under Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

Ethiopia’s ruling coalition said it will hold a national election in 2020 on August 9, 2019.

On Saturday, the lower house of the Ethiopian parliament unanimously approved the revised bill.

The new law requires national parties at least 10,000 founding members, while regional parties need less, 4,000 members. This has made over 50 parties upset and they were asking MPs not to approve the bill.