Birtukan Mideksa, a former political prisoner, federal judge and opposition party leader during the 2005 elections, has been appointed to chair the National Election Board of Ethiopia.
News had been circulating for the past several days that Prime minister Abiy Ahmed will nominate her for the post. So it was not a surprise when she was appointed by the Ethiopian Parliament this morning.
Birtukan has recently returned to Ethiopia from a long exile in the United States, joining many other opposition politicians and critics of the previous administration who have been invited to return to their country by Prime Minister Abiy.
The Prime minister who has been in power for the last few months and introduced several reforms across the political, economic, social and diplomatic front, has also recently appointed several women to key government positions.