MPs Endorse Appointment of Ministers, Federal Judges

ADDIS ABABA – Members of parliament have approved today government officials recently appointed by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

A mini cabinet reshuffle in mid-August saw the appointment of several officials to various ministerial posts including Defense minister.

During their emergency session on Tuesday, members of parliament approved Dr. Kenea Yadeta as Defense Minister, Dr. Gedion Timothewos as Attorney General, Takelle Umma as Mines and Petroleum Minister, and Dr. Samuel Hurkato as Science and Higher Education Minister with a majority vote.

During the same session, chief justice Meaza Ashenafi has managed to get the approval of the lawmakers for several judges nominated for Federal High Court and Federal Primary Court.

The MPs also endorsed the nomination of 40 candidate judges to Federal High Court with a majority vote and five abstentions.

Likewise, the house endorsed the nomination of 50 candidate judges of the Federal Primary Court with a majority vote and three abstentions.

“The appointment is expected to balance judge to case ratio and curb backlog due to an increasing number of cases in Regional States such as in Benshsngul, SNNP, and Gambella,” said chief justice Maaza after the approval.

The appointment process brought on board 26 women judges.

“The effort to narrow down gender parity gap in judgeship will continue,” she said.