Ethiopian presidential election, 2013

Ethiopian presidential election, 2013
7 October 2013

Candidate Mulatu Teshome
Party OPDO
Electoral vote 659 (unanimous)

President before election

Girma Wolde-Giorgis

Elected President

Mulatu Teshome

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The presidential election held on 7 October 2013,[1] was the fourth presidential election of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to elect the country's third president.[2] Mulatu Teshome was elected by the parliament to a six-year term.[1] Incumbent president Girma Wolde-Giorgis is barred from seeking re-election due to term limits.

Background and electoral process

As a parliamentary republic, most administrative power and the effective ability is vested in the prime minister and his government, rather than the president, leaving the president as primarily a figurehead executive. However, the president retains significant Reserve powers granted by the constitution.

A presidential candidate is required to be elected by a joint session of the upper house and lower house of the Ethiopian parliament, the Federal Parliamentary Assembly, the House of Federation and the House of People's Representatives, respectively.[3][4]

Potential candidates

Several persons have been the subject of speculation by various media sources as potential candidates in the election. The past two presidents, Negasso Gidada, and Girma Wolde-Giorgis, have hailed from the Oromo ethnic group, the country's largest, and thus it has been speculated that the ruling party, the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front, will again nominate an Oromo candidate.[5]

Publicly expressed interest

Other potential candidates


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