On Saturday, Oromia state, in central-western Ethiopia, formed the country’s first new regional government, after the parliamentary and regional council elections held on June 21.
The National Electoral Council of Ethiopia declared the ruling “Prosperity” party, led by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, the winner in both the parliamentary and regional elections.
Abe is expected to serve as prime minister for five years, at the head of both his party and the federal government.
Other regional states will form their governments in the coming days.
The new federal government is scheduled to be formed on October 8, during a joint session of the House of People’s Representatives and the Federation Council.
The House of Representatives is the lower chamber of the Ethiopian Federal Parliament, while the Council of the Federation is the upper chamber, and together they constitute the legislative body in Ethiopia.
During a meeting of the Oromia Council on Saturday, Shamlis Abdisa was retained as the head of the Oromia Regional Government.
There are still dozens of constituencies across the country, which have not yet elected their representatives in the second round of elections, while the fate of Tigray, in the far north, has not yet been determined.
On November 4, 2020, clashes erupted in the region between the Ethiopian army and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, before Addis Ababa announced on the 28th of the same month, the end of the “law enforcement” operation to control the entire region, despite reports On the continuation of human rights violations in the region since its time.
The conflict caused the displacement of hundreds of thousands, as well as the flight of more than 60,000 people to Sudan, according to observers.
On March 23, the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, acknowledged that atrocities had occurred against civilians during the conflict in Tigray, including rapes committed by soldiers, stressing that those involved would be held accountable.