Muslimah elected new speaker of Ethiopia’s upper house of parliament

The development means both parliamentary chambers of the country are headed by Muslim women. Weeks ago, the House of People's Representatives picked Muferait Kamil as speaker.

Ethiopia’s upper house of parliament, the House of Federation (HoF) has a new speaker in the person of Keria Ibrahim.

She takes over from former Speaker Yalew Abate who resigned from the role recently. The HoF unanimously approved Keria’s appointment on Monday.

The development means both parliamentary chambers of the country are headed by Muslim women. Weeks ago, the House of People’s Representatives picked Muferait Kamil as speaker.

The former Minister of Women’s affairs took over from Abadula Gameda who was in his second term as speaker.

Gemeda resigned his position to assume the role of senior security advisor to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

The parliament has 108 seats in the House of Federation and 547 seats in the House of People Representatives. The House of Federation has members chosen by the state assemblies for the term of five years.

The members of House of People’s Representatives are chosen through direct election for a term of six years and these members, in turn, elect the president.

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