Ethiopia’s Abiy vows to hold a “peaceful, democratic” election
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed says the government wants a “peaceful, democratic” election and urges for unity during the inauguration of the rebuilt Meskel Square ahead of the country’s approaching election. The United States on Friday voiced alarm over conditions ahead of Ethiopia’s elections, saying that ethnic violence and detentions of opposition figures will raise doubts about the vote’s credibility. Ethiopia’s elections are going ahead after two delays. Election authorities last year pushed back polls due to the coronavirus pandemic, and then delayed the vote from June 5 due to logistical concerns (source: Africanews).
People Forced to Flee Conflict in Tigray Urgently Require Greater Assistance, International Solidarity
Communities affected and uprooted by the ongoing conflict in Tigray continue to experience devastating levels of suffering. Humanitarian agencies urgently require increased resources in order to reach those desperate for relief. According to the International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM), over 1.7 million people have been displaced and hundreds of thousands are in dire need of assistance (Source: IOM).
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).