<p>Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has accused the opposition of trying to take advantage of the postponement of elections to seize power by unconstitutional means.</p> <p>In a speech posted to his Facebook page, the Nobel Peace Prize winner said ‘’ those who push unconstitutional maneuvers to seize power will be punished by law’‘, he warned.</p> <iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FPMAbiyAhmedAli%2Fvideos%2F884380758730660%2F&show_text=0&width=560" width="560" height="315" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true" allowFullScreen="true"></iframe> <p>The second most populous African nation with some 100 million inhabitants was scheduled to hold general elections late August. </p> <p>But the electoral commission postponed the polls sine dine because of the coronavirus pandemic.</p> <p>This means, there will be no election before the end of tenure for lawmakers in October. A situation synonymous with political crisis, according to some analysts and opposition leaders.</p> <p>Ethiopia’s constitution hardly offers any remedy on this specific case. </p> <p>On Tuesday, lawmakers formally seized the upper house of parliament so they can decide on an interpretation of the constitution, which could offer a solution to this impasse.</p> <p><strong><span class="caps">AFP</span></strong></p>
Those who push unconstitutional maneuvers to seize power will be punished by law.