Residents of Aksum told Abiy “Federal System and implementation of constitution needs attention”

Community members in Aksum told Abiy Ahmed the implementation of the constitution needs government attention.

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Abiy Ahmed holding meeting with Aksum community members. Photo : OPM

borkena
June 10, 2019

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has visited Aksum, Tigray region, in northern Ethiopia on Monday, the office of the prime minister disclosed.

In this historical Ethiopian town, which is also one of the major tourist destinations in the country, he held a town hall meeting with residents.

“The community members appreciated the Prime Minister’s responsiveness to the call residents made to hold discussions with him on issues related to the rehabilitation of the obelisks. In addition, the Prime Minister addressed key queries raised regarding budgetary allocations, water shortages, infrastructure requirements, peace and security, and other issues,” his office wrote in a Facebook update on June 10, 2019.

Abiy Ahmed with Tigray region’s acting president, Debretsion. Photo : OPM

The office of the prime minister did not however explicitly disclosed about demands from community members regarding the Federal system and implementation of the constitution.

There have been allegations coming from the region and/or Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) against Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s administration regarding what they called a violation of the constitution and a threat against the Federal system. The formation of Identity and boundary commission, and truth and reconciliation commission were among the issues that TPLF leaders and their followers criticized Abiy’s government.

TPLF has also opposed the possible postponement of the National Election on grounds that it is unconstitutional, and Aksum community members raised the issue during their meeting with the prime minister. EBC reported that PM Abiy Ahmed told residents there is interest in carrying out the election as scheduled on the party of the ruling coalition, EPRDF, but, he said, “there needs to be a consultation and consensus among all parties.”

There has been an ongoing controversy between the Federal government and Tigray regional state regarding the arrest of former spy chief Getachew Assefa. Although Federal court order is issued repeatedly to bring Getachew before the law, Federal law enforcement agents did not get the cooperation they need from Tigray regional state. Getachew has not appeared before the law to date.



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