By Yonas Abiye
The House of Peoples' Representative (HPR) and the House of Federation (HoF) will hold their first year fifth session with President of the Republic, Mulatu Teshome (PhD), expected to make an opening address.
The new parliament, which for the first time in the last 24 years will be without a opposition MP, will convene on Monday.
After the President's address to the nation the HPR and HoF will elect their Speakers. Subsequently, the two houses will elect a Prime Minister who will serve a five-year term.
The Ethiopian Peoples' Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) is expected to nominate Hailemariam Dessalegn for premiership.
Then Prime Minister Hailemariam will present a list of new cabinet members to the houses for approval.
In a similar manner, the past two weeks saw the formation of regional governments in Tigray, Amhara, Oromia and Southern regional states.
Accordingly, Abay Woldu (Tigray), Gedu Andargachew (Amhara), Muktar Kedir (Oromia) and Dessie Dalke (South) were all re-elected as chief administrators of their respective regions. With that settled, the nation will know early next week who will be in and out of the new Council of Ministers and federal government structure.
In that regard, new speakers for both houses are expected while reshuffling of cabinet members of the soon-to-be-formed executive branch is expected to introduce some new faces and new bloods at federal level with veteran ministers expected to retire.
In addition, new ministerial portfolios are also said to be in the pipeline. Accordingly, sources disclosed that Ministry of Trade (MoT) will be restructured as Ministry of Trade and Market Development while the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy (MoWIE) is expected to be split into two entities. Similarly, sources revealed that a Ministry of Coffee Development is one of the new offices to be established. However, The Reporter was unable to confirm whether the the new office will be a ministry, an authority or an agency. Another new office, which is expected to come is one that governs Rural Land and Environment Protection.
In addition, some veteran officials are also expected to be deployed in Ethiopian missions abroad.
In the second Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP II), huge foreign exchanges and FDI is expected to meets its ambitious target so that diplomats would eventually have a huge role in facilitating the foreign currency and investment flow to Ethiopia.
Back in May 2015 the EPRDF secured a landslide victory – 100 percent of parliamentary and regional council seats together with its affiliates – in the general election. The result drew fierce criticism suggesting that it has endangered multi-party system in Ethiopia.
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