“I will explain the reason for my resignation after both the parliament and my party accepted it,” Abadula Gemeda is quoted to have said.
By Abdur Rahman Alfa Shaban (Africanews) |
ADDIS ABABA ― Abadula Gemeda, was Speaker of the Ethiopian parliament until last Saturday after the news broke that he had resigned his position.
The 59-year-old in a broadcast on Oromia State television confirmed the news but opted to keep the reasons for later. He will not also disclose his next political moves as per the broadcast.
“I will explain the reason for my resignation after both the parliament & my party accepted it,” he is quoted to have said.
Local media portals that reported about his resignation, however, alleged that his decision was tied to the federal government’s handling of recent internal strife between Oromia and Somali regional states.
The inter-regional crisis which was said to have ethnic underpinnings and issues of resource control between inhabitants led to over 50 deaths and the displacement of over 150,000 people on both sides.
Whiles delivering his address, the former speaker was flanked by two flags, one of the federal republic of Ethiopia with the other being the flag of Oromia state – which he was once a president of.
He is a one time Defense minister of the country and was in the second tenure of his reign as speaker. He served in that capacity between 2010 – 2015 before his mandate was renewed for five years ending 2020.
Abadula Gemeda became the chief of operations of the National Defense Force in 1991. After five years of service, he became the chief of intelligence in 1996. He was appointed as commander of the ground force of the National Defense Force in 1998. He reached the rank of Major General. In 2000 he was appointed as Minister of National Defense. Moving to a civilian profile, Abadula became President of the Oromia Region in 2005 until September 2010. On September 10, 2010, he became Speaker of the House of People’s Representatives.