Ethiopia’s tense election
Islam News – Ethiopia is preparing for national and regional parliamentary elections on Monday that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has said will be the country’s first free and fair polls after decades of repressive rule.
Ethiopians are heading to the polls on Monday in an election long delayed by violence and boycotts, the AP reports, though logistical problems mean that some people won’t vote until September.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has said it will be the country’s first free and fair elections after decades of repressive rule. He won praise for allowing opposition parties to return and for freeing thousands of political prisoners.
But now a war in Tigray has drawn international scrutiny, with rights groups saying the government is rolling back freedoms. Humanitarian agencies recently warned that 350,000 people in Tigray are on the brink of famine. Last week the U.S. State Department said it was “gravely concerned about the environment under which these upcoming elections are to be held.”