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Contentious standing committee election ends with Tesfaye Daba retaining post
Tesfaye Daba

Contentious standing committee election ends with Tesfaye Daba retaining post

Prominent Member of Parliament, Tesfaye Daba has retained his chairmanship role of the Foreign Affairs Standing Committee of the House of People’s Representatives despite being dropped first from the original list of the 10 nominees presented by House Speaker last month.

In its seventh regular session held on Thursday, the House endorsed two of the standing committees nominees which were pending after the House rejected the earlier nominees twice.

In either of the past regular sessions, the House was supposed to elect the 10 standing committees. However, the House rejected two of the 10 nominees: Foreign Relations and Peace Affairs Standing Committee and the Revenue, Budget and Finance Standing Committee.

Hence, Tesfaye Daba was elected to serve yet again. It is well known that he has held this position since the previous two parliamentary terms.

Along with Tesfaye, the House also voted for Lemlem Hadgo to chair the Revenue, Budget and Finance Standing Committee with a majority vote.

Though Lemlem is little known in the legislative regular activities, she is one of top officials of the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). Last August, she was even elected to the Central Committee of TPLF.

During the previous session, presented by House Speaker Tagesse Chafo, nominees Astibeha Aregawi and Motuma Mekasa were picked to chair the Revenue, Budget and Finance Standing Committee and the newly restructured Foreign Relations and Peac Affairs Standing Committees.

Last Month, the meeting was postponed after a disagreement ensued over the nominees. It was then that Motuma Mekassa was nominated to head the Foreign Relations and Peace Affairs Standing Committee along with Amanuel Abraha who was a candidate for another Standing committee.

During the then session, several MPs criticized the nominees and particularly refused to accept the nomination of two candidates — Amanuel Abraham and Motuma Makassa — to chair two different Standing Committees.