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April-May-June 2021

Ethiopia elections 2021: Abiy Ahmed faces first vote amid conflict

Ethiopians have been voting in key elections amid rising tensions and a conflict in the northern Tigray region. This pandemic-delayed poll is Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s first electoral test since coming to power in 2018. But the vote was postponed in Tigray, where the army has been fighting a local force since November. Insecurity and logistical problems have hit other parts of the country as well, so overall there was no voting in about a fifth of constituencies. The Tigray conflict has sparked a humanitarian crisis, with 350,000 people living in famine conditions, according to a recent assessment (source: BBC).