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    Exiled Former Judge Mideska to head Ethiopia's Electoral Board

    Ethiopia's parliament has chosen former exiled judge and leading opposition figure to head Ethiopia’s electoral board - marking another significant appointment of a woman to a key public office.

    Birtukan Mideska only returned to Ethiopia earlier this month after seven years in exile in the United States.

    She was sentenced to life imprisonment after the disputed 2005 elections. However, the former judge will take charge of the country’s elections in May 2020.

    A key challenge in restoring faith in an electoral board that has long faced accusations of being manipulated by the state faces the former judged who only returned from exile.

    Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has brought in wide-ranging reforms including making peace with neighbouring Eritrea, freeing political prisoners and welcoming back armed opposition groups that were once in exile.

    He has appointed women to half the ministerial posts in his cabinet and last month parliament elected the country's first female president - Sahle-Work Zewde.
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