Birtukan Midekssa has announced her resignation as chairperson of the National Election Board of Ethiopia, a role she has held for the past four years and seven months.
In a Facebook post on Monday, Birtukan said she had already filed her resignation with parliament. She was appointed to the position in 2018 by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) after he came to power. Her appointment was approved by the parliament in November 2018.
Under her leadership, the election board oversaw the 2021 national elections, which saw Abiy’s Prosperity Party win in a landslide, as well as referendums that led to the formation of two autonomous regions.
While announcing her resignation, Birtukan said she needs an extended break to prioritize her health. However, she thanked Prime Minister Abiy and lawmakers for giving her the opportunity to serve the Ethiopian people in this role.