Ethiopia: Ahmed’s party wins election with huge majority

Source: Radio France Internationale [French state media]

“Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has won a landslide victory in the country’s delayed elections with his Prosperity Party securing 410 out of the 436 contested seats, the election board announced on Saturday. The results give Abiy’s party an overwhelming majority in the federal parliament and another five-year term in office. … The prime minister said the vote was the country’s first free and fair election after decades of repressive rule. However, a fifth of the country did not vote due to insecurity and logistical problems as well as a boycott by the opposition. … Polls could not be held in the war-torn Tigray region where the UN has alerted to thousands living in famine conditions. Another round of elections has been slated for 6 September in regions where voting could not take place, but no date has been set for Tigray.” (07/11/21)