Birtukan Mideksa, a former federal judge who joined active politics, playing key roles in several opposition parties including Unity for Democracy and Justice, Rainbow Ethiopia: Movement for Democracy and Social Justice and Coalition for Unity and Democracy in the early 2000s is said to be appointed to chair the National Election Board of Ethiopia. News has been circulating that Prime minister Abiy Ahmed had nominated her for the post. Birtukan recently returned to Ethiopia from the United States, joining the many opposition supporters and critics of the previous administration who have been compelled to return by the ongoing reforms lead by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. The Prime minister who has been on power for the last few months has implemented several reforms across the political, economic, social and diplomatic front, has also recently appointed several women to key government positions. The Parliament is expected to appoint the former judge and exiled opposition leader, Birtukan, as the National Election Board of Ethiopia's chairperson.