Tigray region says it will defy federal laws enacted as of October Five
In an interview aired on Tigray Mass Media Agency, Asmelash Wolde Sellassie, executive member of Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), the governing party of Tigray regional state, said the region will not comply with laws, directives, and regulations, among others, to be enacted by the federal government after its current term in office came to an end on October 05/2020.
Asmelash, who was the former chief government whip, said that on October 05, the constitutional term limit for both the House of People’s Representatives (HoPR), the House of Federation (HoF), Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and the Council of Ministers (CoM) he chairs will have come to an end, rendering the incumbent’s stay in power “constitutionally illegal.” The excerpt of Asmelash’s interview was also published on TPLF’s official Facebook page.
Getachew Reda, another executive member of TPLF, confirmed to Addis Standard that Asmelash’s statement was that of the position of Tigray regional state. Tigray region “will be probably be beholden” to laws, regulations and directives to be enacted by the current legislative until October 05, anything beyond that will not be legitimate in Tigray, according Getachew.