House turns down two nominees to chair standing committees
In its regular session held today, the House of Peoples’ Representatives (HPR) has refused to accept the nomination of two candidates— Amanuel Abraham and Motuma Makassa— to chair two different Standing Committees.
Amanuel, who is currently deputy EPRDF whip HPR, was nominated to chair the Legal, Justice and Democracy Affairs Standing Committee while Motuma, who served as Defense, Mines, and Water and Irrigation Minister at various times, was nominated for Foreign Relations and Peace Affairs Standing Committee.
In the same session, the House decreased the number of Standing Committees from 20 to 10. Although earlier plans to nominate Standing Committee Chairs with a rank of a minister leaked out to media, it appears that the parliament has abandoned this plan. All in all, the House ratified the overall organization of Standing Committees after debating on it for more than two hours.