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Ethiopian Parliament Speaker Requested to Vacate State-Owned Housing


Abadula Gemeda

In unprecedented move, the Speaker of Ethiopian Parliament tendered his resignation last week. The news came to light on Saturday with the disclosure by the online publication Addis Standard, and followed by the Reporter. Abadula will become the first speaker of Parliament to formally resign from office during the 22-year history of the legislative house under EPRDF.

It is also reported that authorities at the Ethiopian Housing Corporation told Abadula Gemeda, speaker of Parliament, to vacate a state-owned house located near Olympia where he has lived in for many years. Formerly known as the Housing Agency, Abadula had served as its board chairman in the late 2000s.

His family vacated the house on Tuesday, according to a person close to the family. He had stayed with friends before he moved into a rented villa off Africa Avenue (Bole Road) on Saturday, another person close to the family confirmed.

Much remains in the dark as to what prompted him to leave office. Speaking to Fortune on Saturday, the Speaker denied the story.

His denial of the reports was reinforced by Shiferaw Shigute, head of the EPRDF Council, who told the VOA that he does not know a resignation letter submitted to the party`s executive committee. Yet, there was no official source in the Administration of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn to dismiss the reports as false and inaccurate, including Negeri Lencho (PhD), minister of Government Communications Affairs Office.

“I can’t confirm whether he tendered his resignation or not, though he has the right to do so,” Negeri told Fortune.

The talks of his resignation surfaced three days ahead of Parliamentarians returning from a three-month recess on Monday, October 9, 2017. He told some of the top leaders of the EPRDF of his intention to resign, according to a senior member of the EPRDF.

Source: Fortune


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