Abiy Ahmed wins Ethiopia’s election with huge majority.

Written by on July 11, 2021

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has won the country’s delayed elections with an overwhelming majority, the election board said on Saturday.

The board said Mr Abiy’s Prosperity Party won 410 out of 436 seats, giving him another five-year term in office.

However, a fifth of the country failed to carry out voting overall due to insecurity and logistical problems.

Polls were not held in the war-torn Tigray region, where many thousands are living in famine conditions.

Another round of elections has been penned for 6 September in the affected areas, but a date has not been confirmed for Tigray.

The election had already been delayed due to the pandemic.

Mr Abiy, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, described the vote as a “historically inclusive election” in a statement on Twitter.

A new government is expected to be formed in October. However, there are concerns about the election’s integrity.

Opposition parties had complained that a government crackdown against their officials had disrupted their plans to prepare for the election.

Credit: BBC

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