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Abiy Ahmed wins with big majority

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Mr Abiy hailed the end result as ‘historic’ in an announcement on Twitter

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has received the nation’s delayed elections with an amazing majority, the election board mentioned on Saturday.

The board mentioned Mr Abiy’s Prosperity Social gathering received 410 out of 436 seats, giving him one other five-year time period in workplace.

Nonetheless, a fifth of the nation failed to hold out voting general as a result of insecurity and logistical issues.

Polls weren’t held within the war-torn Tigray area, the place many 1000’s reside in famine circumstances.

One other spherical of elections has been penned for six September within the affected areas, however a date has not been confirmed for Tigray.

The election had already been delayed because of the pandemic.

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

A brand new authorities is anticipated to be shaped in October. Nonetheless, there are issues concerning the election’s integrity.

Opposition events had complained {that a} authorities crackdown in opposition to their officers had disrupted their plans to arrange for the election.

Berhanu Nega mentioned his get together, Ethiopian Residents for Social Justice, had filed greater than 200 complaints after observers in quite a lot of areas had been blocked by native officers and militiamen.

An election official counts voting ballots

Additional votes are anticipated to happen in September

The state-affiliated Ethiopian Human Rights Fee (EHRC) mentioned there have been “no severe or widespread human rights violations” in stations it noticed.

Nonetheless, in a preliminary report the EHRC mentioned that some constituencies skilled “improper arrests”, voter intimidation and “harassment” of observers and journalists.

It additionally mentioned it had noticed a number of killings within the days main as much as the vote within the regional state of Oromia.

In Might, the EU accused Ethiopia of failing to ensure the independence of its election.

The election was Mr Abiy’s first electoral check since coming to energy in 2018.

He has clamped down on corruption, launched political prisoners, appointed extra girls to the cupboard and made peace with neighbouring Eritrea, following a 1998-2000 border conflict that left tens of 1000’s of individuals lifeless.

He received the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize, however only a yr later, he waged a army operation in his personal nation – deploying troops to the northern Tigray province to oust the TPLF because the area’s ruling get together after it seized army bases in what Mr Abiy noticed as a bid to overthrow him.

The battle in Tigray has killed 1000’s of individuals and led to mass starvation and reviews of a famine within the area.

On Saturday, for the primary time in two weeks, the UN World Meals Programme started shifting assist into Tigray. Completely different sides within the battle have been accusing one another of blocking much-needed shipments.

The UN mentioned on Friday that humanitarian operations had been being constrained by the absence of important companies together with gas, telecommunications and electrical energy.

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