On Thursday, competing political parties in Ethiopia have signed a peace pact as part of democratic efforts as the country gears towards crucial polls slated for 2020.
Reports indicate that over 100 parties were signatories to the code of conduct document at an event held in the capital Addis Ababa.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed signed the document on behalf of the ruling coalition, the Ethiopian Peoples Revolutionary Democratic Front, EPRDF. He described the occasion as a democratic milestone.
The PM’s office posted on social media: “Describing the day as a historic and unique one that has bound more than 100 parties in common understanding, he called upon all to treat the document as one that guides the actions of all.
“He also called upon law and security enforcement entities to serve all parties equally. In concluding, PM Abiy Ahmed called upon all to be custodians of peace and unity in our current moment.”
The new elections chief, Birtukan Mideksa and other officials were present at the event. Appointed in 2018, Mideksa and her team are tasked with organizing highly expected 2020 polls.