Ethiopia’s Abiy Ahmed wins election in landslide amid Tigray battle and voting fraud considerations
Abiy’s social gathering is predicted take greater than 410 of the 546 parliamentary seats within the first spherical of the competition, Ethiopia’s sixth nationwide election.
Abiy, 44, took workplace in April 2018 following the resignation of his predecessor, changing into the primary Oromo particular person to guide the nation.
Opposition actions have raised considerations concerning the integrity of the June 21 poll, Ethiopia’s first multi-party election in 16 years, albeit one riven with battle, jailed opposition figures and components of the nation unable to vote.
The US State Division stated in a press release final month, earlier than the vote. that it was “gravely involved concerning the surroundings underneath which these upcoming elections” had been to be held.
An analogous assertion from European Union nations stated the vote was occurring in “problematic situations.”
Abiy dismissed these allegations on Twitter final month, calling the vote Ethiopia’s “first try at free and truthful elections.”
Among the many 47 events taking part within the normal and regional elections, Abiy’s Prosperity Get together led the chart on the variety of registered candidates contesting for seats on the parliament with a complete of two,432 aspirants.
Thirty-seven million of Ethiopia’s 109 million residents are registered to vote. Nevertheless, many Ethiopians in conflict-ridden areas should wait till September 6 to forged their ballots when the second spherical of voting will likely be held.