Ethiopia Elections : Abiy Ahmed Faces First Vote Amid Conflict

21 June 2021 Source BBC

Ethiopians are voting in key elections amid rising tensions and a bloody conflict in the northern Tigray region.

Report says, the pandemic-delayed poll is Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s first electoral test since coming to power in 2018.

According to the report,he hopes to secure a popular mandate by winning a majority of the federal parliament’s 547 seats.

But the vote has been postponed in Tigray, where the army has been fighting a regional force since November.

Voting has also been delayed in about a fifth of the country because of security concerns and logistical problems.

The general election, the first since 2015, was originally slated for August 2020 but was rescheduled because of coronavirus.

Under the initial election timetable, preliminary results from constituencies are to be announced within five days of the election, while final certified results are to be announced within 23 days.

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