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House speaker returns to his post

House speaker returns to his post

The Speaker of the House of Peoples’ Representatives (HPR), Abadulla Gemeda is reported to have resumed his regular duties as Speaker today as he is seen presiding over proceedings at today’s parliamentary session.

Abadulla tendered his resignation to the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) and the Oromo People’s Democratic Organization (OPDO) in October leaving his position as Speaker of HPR on the grounds that the dignity of the people and the party that he represents has been compromised and claiming that he could not continue in this situation any longer.

Abadulla gave open press stamen to the Oromia public broadcaster OBN and EBC at the time that he is not ready to divulge the full reason behind his resignation and said that he will reveal everything in due time. In subsequent weeks the HPR fall to the deputy Shitaye Minale while Abadulla was visible only in OPDO and EPRDF meetings and events.

According to Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn the Government of Ethiopia (GoE) is yet to accept the resignation of the Speaker while saying he has accepted Bereket Simon’s, who also decided to resign from all of his government responsibilities around the same time Abadulla did.

However, in an unprecedented turn of events last week, both Abadulla and Bereket have announced their decisions to retract their resignations and return to government.     

Following this, Abadulla has been seen returning to his position in today’s parliamentary session which is listening to the reports of a taskforce organized to assess conflicts that occurred in many parts of the country especially along the borderlines of the Somali and Oromia Regional States.