Somali regional state asks “equitable representation” at federal parliament

by Bileh Jelan

Addis Abeba, December 23/2019 – In a letter written and signed by Mustefa Muhmud Omer, vice president of Somali regional state, and was addressed to the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) and House of Federations (HoF) on December 10/2019, the regional state asked for equitable representation of parliamentary seats at the national parliament, House of People’s Representatives (HoPR).

In the letter, the vice president stated that based on the 1994 population and housing census of Ethiopia, which put the Somali population at 3, 198, 514, the regional state should have been represented by 32 seats at HoPR. However, nine seats were reduced and the region is now represented by a mere 23 seats. Therefore, the regional state requested for appropriate measures to be taken in order to make sure the Somali people get their “constitutionally guaranteed equitable representation” at the national parliament during the upcoming election in 2020.

Mohammed Olad, media & communication advisor of vice president Mustefa, told Addis Standard that the current arrangement didn’t follow the guidelines set by the constitution, and argued that the regional state’s request for new arrangement was a “constitutional request.” According to him, the issue was a long standing point of discussion in the regional council & among the wider Somali population. The Somali Regional State’s 23 seats in the HoPR is on bar with Addis Abeba and 15 seats less than the 38 seats allocated for Tigray Regional State while Somali region is more populous than both Addis Abeba and Tigray Regional State, Mohammed argued.

“We hope this will help address in some ways, the acute under-representation of Somalis in the House of People’s Representatives and to some extent, the federal bureaucracy,” he said, adding that in the past, despite repeated attempts, “no one dared or bothered to address this constitutional abrogation. For most part of the last three decades, the region was run by successive clientele administrations.”

The federal parliament has 547 seats currently all occupied by the ruling EPRDF and its allied parties including Somali Democratic Party (SDP). The EPRDF is now in the process of being renamed “Prosperity Party” and includes SDP.

“This is solely an independent initiative taken up by the Somali Regional administration based on our constitutional mandate, and on behalf of the Somali people, to advocate and look after their interest, Mohammed said, “however, we will not be surprised if other regions and communities raise similar constitutional demands that are always inevitable, regardless of whether our current efforts inspired them.” AS

Addis Standard.

4 COMMENTS

  1. I am sure they will take the proper step to address all other similar issues. But I have something grandeur than that!!!! I want to see Obbo Mustefa Muhmud Omer as the next Prime Minister after the 2020 election. I have even more grandeur wishes to see that firebrand daughter of ours from the Afar region, the very accomplished H.E. Aisha bint Mohammed to be the next Prime Minister. For me it will Aisha or Mustefa or bust!!!! By ‘bust’ I mean utter disappointment for me!!!! So he I go!!!

    Aisha For Prime Minister!!!

    Mustefa For Prime Minister!!!

    The Almighty Our Creator Willing!!!!

  2. I am sure they will take the proper step to address all other similar issues. But I have something grandeur than that!!!! I want to see Obbo Mustefa Muhmud Omer as the next Prime Minister after the 2020 election. I have even more grandeur wishes to see that firebrand daughter of ours from the Afar region, the very accomplished H.E. Aisha bint Mohammed to be the next Prime Minister. For me it will be Aisha or Mustefa or bust!!!! By ‘bust’ I mean utter disappointment for me!!!! So here I go in clear clarion voice!!!

    Aisha For Prime Minister!!!

    Mustefa For Prime Minister!!!

    The Almighty Our Creator Willing!!!!

  3. Dear My Countrymen/Women!!!

    I am sure you know me by now that I have nothing love and always best wishes for you. No matter how you have reacted to my various comments in the past I still hold you very dear to my heart just the same!!! That is because no matter how bigots try to tell us otherwise I wholeheartedly take you as my flesh and blood.

    While you are readying yourself for one of holiest of holidays, please allow me to Wish You A Merry Xmas and Happy New Year!!! I wish you all a very rewarding new year and all the years that follow. Above all let’s all take a break from all of it all and pray best wishes for that gem of the colored that produced us all.

    Happy Holidays Y’all!!!!!

  4. Meles Zenawi didn’t come up with this biased statehood awarding system with few ethnic groups being awarded their own states with many other ethnic groups not having their own states they administer , this.was done by the then PM Tamrat Layne .

    Even Abiy Ahmed’s administration currently resembles the former PM Tamrat Layne’s administration in many ways since Abiy’s tendency to allow terrorism to flourish in Ethiopia is because of Abiy”s experience at an early age living under Tamrat Layne’s reign of terror, with no real accusations of terrorism going towards the former Prime Minister Tamrat Layne from human rights defenders until now.

    As someone who lived in Addis Ababa and traveled around many other parts in Ethiopia in the early half of 1990s, I witnessed the Ethiopian soldiers who were murdering people for the simplest reasons with no questions asked. Since there was no anti terrorism law then the soldiers just did what the former PM Tamrat Layne reign of terror required them to do, by terrorizing the public until 1995, all that stopped when the Amara terrorist former PM Tamrat Layne was imprisoned . It is the Amara the then PM Tamrat Layne you need to sue for terrorism not Minase Aka ABA Dulla or definitely not Getachew Assefa and Meles Zenawi . The brave tplfs Meles and Getachew Assefa are the heroes that liberated Ethiopians from Tamrat Layne’s reign of terror.
    Also the Universiry terrors we see now in Ethiopia are the direct results of the then PM Tamrat Layne’s decision to fire the then University professors from their jobs in the early 1990s while he was in power.

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