The Deputy Speaker of Ethiopia’s House of Peoples Representatives said the parliament was working under the influences of the ruling party and the executive. The MPs were mostly loyal to the party discipline than to the people and to their own self-conscious, according to Shitaye Minale, the deputy House Speaker. “Previously there was pressure on us from the ruling party and the executive,” she told the state broadcaster- ETV. As a result it was almost impossible to hear a different opinion from an MP other than approving whatever proposed by the ruling coalition for approval. Meanwhile after the reformist Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed came to power last March, for the first time MPs have begun opposing draft resolutions proposed by their own party.
Source: News Business Ethiopia January 11, 2019 15:22 UTC