August 24, 2019 / 10:01 AM / a month ago

Ethiopia's parliament approves electoral, political parties draft bill -Fana

Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Speaker of the Parliament Tegesse Chafo, address the legislators on the current situation of the country inside the Parliament buildings in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, July 1, 2019. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File Photo

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Ethiopia’s parliament has approved an electoral and political parties draft bill, state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting reported on Saturday, paving the way for national elections next year.

On August 9 Ethiopia’s ruling coalition said it will hold a national election in 2020, defying worries over security and displaced people within the country that had led some to speculate the election might be postponed.

Reporting by Hereward Holland; editing by Jason Neely

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