Ethiopian speaker of House of Representative resigned amid turmoil within government

borkena, Ethiopian News
October 07,2017

Aba Dula Gemeda -, speaker of House of Representative of Ethiopia
From Left to right, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegne and Speaker of House of Representative, Aba Dula Gemeda

Aba Dula Gemeda, Speaker of Ethiopian House of representative, reportedly submitted a resignation letter to the ruling party.

According to reports by Ethiopian Reporter, news outlet in Ethiopia that is closely associated with the ruling party, the house of representative will discuss his resignation and appoint a new one in the coming week.

Other news sources indicate that Aba Dula’s resignation is related to the way the regime handled the conflict between Somali regional state and Oromia regional state and the consequent displacement of Oromo speaking Ethiopians from the Somali region of Ethiopia.

An estimated one hundred and fifty thousand oromos were displaced from the region while more than 50 were killed in the commercial town of Aweday, South Eastern Ethiopia.
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Aba Dula Gemeda is reportedly discontented with the intervention of intelligence unit in the regional conflict between Oromia and Somali regional states and not resolving the conflict. He is also said to be critical of the government for not doing enough to stop the conflict.

The two regions had a dispute over territories which are ethnically based in accordance with the existing ethnic federal structures.

Oromoia regional state had also border issues with Benishangul Gumuz and Gamebella regional states in Ethiopia. There are reports that the ruling party in Oromia region, Oromo People’s Democratic Organization which used to be a partner to and a creation of Tigray People’s Liberation Front, submitted a request for the Federal Government claiming Addis Ababa City as an ethnic Oromo land which is to be renamed as “Finefine” if the Federal government is to accept the decision.

Diaspora based radical oromo activists are pushing for secessionist agenda as they seem to think that it is the right time to push agenda in view of internal turmoil within the ruling party the relative weakening of minority Tigray supremacy over Ethiopia.

However, moderate oromo’s and Ethiopians in and outside of what is now Oromia region of Ethiopia seem to see hope in the current president of Oromia, Lema Megerssa, whom they consider as rational with no interest in pushing the secessionist agenda. In fact, with his seeming peacemaking and unity of Ethiopia agenda, some would like to see him as a powerful prime minister of Ethiopia in the future.

Aba Dula Gemeda served as Speaker of House of Representative since 2010. Before that he served as President of Oromoia before he was succeded by the late Alemayehu Atomsa.

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