The appointment came at the same time when the resignation of the president and vice-president was announced. The latter is appointed to a new role at the United Nations
Following the seamless removal of four cabinet members earlier this past weekend, there have been rumors that PM Abiy Ahmed is proposing new ministers to the Ethiopian parliament where they would get approval.
There was indeed a new appointment but not for the cabinet position. It was for Supreme Court president and vice president positions.
It was on the same day that the resignation of the President, Meaza Ashenafi, was announced. She was appointed as President of the Ethiopian Supreme Court in November 2018 as the Ethiopian Prime Minister introduced “reform” in a range of areas including the justice system.
Her deputy Solomon Areda Waktolla was appointed at the same time. In mid-December 2022, he announced his appointment at the United Nations. He was appointed as a half-time judge at the United nations dispute tribunal. In a twitter message he posted on December 15, 2022, he said :
“Today I received the official appointment letter signed by his Excellency António Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations. It is a great honor and privilege to work with the UN committed to maintaining peace and security, and promoting better living standards.”
Meaza Ashenafi’s next step is not announced. However, she was seen in a group picture of President Sahlework Zewdie with the newly appointed ambassadors. But nothing is known about her diplomatic mission at this point in time. Ethiopian Ambassador to the United Nations, Taye Aske Selassie, has completed his term.
New Federal Supreme Court Presidents and Vice-Presidents Appointments
The Ethiopian Parliament on Tuesday confirmed the appointment of Tewodrso Mihret and Abeba Embiale as president and vice-president of the Federal Supreme Court.
The president was approved with a majority vote. Three parliamentarians abstained from voting. Mr. Tewodros is from academia; he has been serving as an assistant professor at Addis Ababa University school of law.
Abeba Embiale was confirmed with a unanimous vote. She studied law at Addis Ababa University school of law and was serving in different roles in public service.
Despite the reform measure since 2018 courts have been experiencing challenges including in the area of corruption and execution of court rulings.
There have been recurring reports in local Ethiopian media about police refusing to release suspects that are freed by courts. Worse, there were cases where judges were arrested by law enforcement authorities.
About two or so weeks ago, Wondimu Ibsa, a lawyer, was sentenced to four months imprisonment on alleged grounds of “court contempt” when he was not even in the courtroom. He was released last week.
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