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Ethiopian appointed new president to the Supreme court 

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  

Abeba Embialew taking an oath at the Ethiopian Parliament after confirmed as Federal Supreme court vice president (Photo : public domain)

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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.

Newly appointed Ethiopian Ambassadors pose for picture with President Sahlework Zewde. Meaza Ashenafi is seen on the right side of the president in pink pant (Photo : public domain)

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. 

Federal Supreme court president
Tewodros Mihret, new Federal Supreme court president, taking an oath ( Photo : EBC)

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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  1. ኢትዮጵያውያን የተለያየ ሃይማኖት፥እስልምናውም ክርሥትናውም፥የተለያየ ብሔርም የተለያየ ፆታም፥ የተለያየ እሳቤ ያለን ሰዎች ነን፥፥አንድ እምነት ብቻ ሀገር መሆን ፥የአንድ ብሔር ብቻ ሀገር መሆን የአንድ እምነት ሀገር መሆን ኢትዮጵያ ውሥጥ የፀና ሰላም አይሰጥም፥፥ ጠቅላይ ሚንስትሩ የሰላም ሎሬት አቢይ አሕመድ ኢትዮጵያውያን የተለያየ ፆታም ያለን ሰዎች ነን ወይም ስለሆንን ሲሉ በአቡዳቢ የተናገሩት ምን ለማለት ፈልገው እንደሆነ እዚህ ውሥጥ የፖለቲካ ተንታኞች ካላቹ ብታብራሩልን ስንል በትሕትና፥እንጠይቃለን፤፤በአረብ ሀገር ውሥጥ ቤተክርስቲያን መገንባት ተችሎ ኢትዮጵያ ውሥጥ ቸርች መገንባት መሥጊድ መገንባት የሚያጨቃጭቅና የሚያጣላ መሆን የለበትም ብሎ በአረብ ሀገር ይህን መናገሩ ጠቅላይ፥ሚንስትሩ በርሱ ቤት ማሽቃበጡ ነው የሚሉ አሉ፥፥አንዳንዶችም ይህ ንግግሩ የባንዳነቱ ማያሣ ከመሆኑ አልፎ የምዕራባውያኑን የተመሣሣይፆታ ጋብቻን የማሥፋፋት ዓላማን የሚደግፍ ንጝር ነው ይላሉ፥፥እንዴት ታዩታላቹ፤፤የተለያየ ፆታም ያለን ሰዎች ነን የሚለው ንጝራቸውን በአረብኛ ወይም በእንግሊዘኛ ግልፅ ባለ ቋንቋ፥ሰምተውት ቢሆን ኑሮ የአቡዳቢ ባሥልጣናት ቅሬታቸውን ከመግለፅ ባልተቆጠቡ ነበር ሲሉ ሀሳባቸውን ያጋሩን አልጠፉም፤፤ጠቅላይ ሚንስትሩ መካከላችን ጠብ ከዝራትና እርስ በርስከማጋጨት አልፈው፥ይህ አልበቃ ቢላቸው ባሕላችንና ሀገራዊ እሴቶቻችንን ለመበረዝ ከተቻለምለማጥፋት ቆርጠዉ የተነሱ ይመሥላሉ፥፥

  2. One of the worst, characteristic and glaring faults of Abiy Ahmed as a premier and as an individual is at best, his lack of understanding or at worst, his willful corruption and sabotaging of the indispensability of an independent judiciary free from interference, intimidation and corruption by the executive branch of government I.e. Abiy, for the progress, development and peace of Ethiopia and Ethiopians both at the internal and external global arenas.

    The 1931 Ethiopian constitution could be seen as the first foundation on which an independent judiciary, free from the eras of an absolute monarchy, would have been conceived, developed and born. The 1943/ 1944 revisions, the 1955 Ethiopian Constitution, and the 1974? Ethiopian constitution being drafted by the team of PM Endalkachew Mekonnen, if not violently aborted by the 1974 violent Marxist Leninist Revolution and subsequent power grab by the dictatorial and inhumane derg militarists, would have led Ethiopia closer to an independent judiciary today.

    Without an independent judiciary that can curb, limit and put in check the excesses of the executive branch no democratic governance, no rule of law, no equitable society with informed and capable citizens can develop. For nearly fifty years now, Ethiopia has failed year after year, decades after decades to establish an independent and vibrant judiciary.

    For fifty years Ethiopians have changed the executive branch from a somewhat benevolent Emperor and Monarch to a violent and deranged militarist madman, to a hate filled Marxist Leninist turned capitalist ethno fanatic , to a lackluster shoe-in, to the current loquacious, over promising, under performing pseudo intellectual, outwardly pro Ethiopian but in all said and deeds, an internal fanatic, ethnocentric man filled with oromumma grandeur’s of illusions and delusions.

    By now, most people in Ethiopia have accepted the sad but undeniable reality that the decades long dreams of Ethiopians for an Ethiopia where the rights of all Ethiopians as individual citizens with guarantees for the inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness will not be realized on the duplicitous watch of the current imposter masquerading as the premier of all Ethiopians.

    Nevertheless, the struggle for the birth of that nation will march on where equity, due process, the right to live and settle in any parts of Ethiopia are not determined by oromumma cadres or Abiy sycophants but the individual Ethiopian’s dreams, ambitions and talents. In such Ethiopia, the governing will finally learn that the governed are the ones who give the consent to be governed and not the other way around, and that this is a transaction bound by laws, rules and consequences the governing will face upon violations thereof.

  3. The lowest point of the Judicially system in Ethiopia is after the coming of corrupted and ruthless Abiy Ahmed. Now he selected these Amhara fools after removing the two previous Oromo Judicial System abusers and destroyers.

    This is to force them into accepting his newly devised scheme, letting OLF Shene Cannibals to go free by including them with TPLF in the name of Peace making so Amharas will not hold those previous Oromo judges responsible for Amhara Genocide and Amhara human rights abuse all over Ethiopia.

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