Abiy Ahmed wins landslide victory in Ethiopian election

Abiy Ahmed wins landslide victory in Ethiopian election

Second term for prime minister whose handling of Tigray conflict has drawn international criticism

Ethiopians look at electoral results posted on the wall outside a polling station in the capital Addis Ababa, a day after the country voted in a general election. Photograph: Ben Curtis/AP

(Theguardian)–Ethiopia’s ruling Prosperity party has been declared the winner of last month’s national election in a landslide, assuring a second term for the prime minister, Abiy Ahmed. The National Election Board of Ethiopia announced on Saturday night that the ruling party won 410 seats out of 436 in the federal parliament, which will see some seats remain vacant because no vote was held as a result of unrest or logistical reasons. The vote was a test for Abiy, who came to power in April 2018 after the former prime minister resigned amid widespread protests. Abiy oversaw dramatic political reforms, but critics say he is backtracking from some promises on political and media freedoms. He also has drawn intense international criticism for his handling of the conflict in the Tigray region has that left thousands of people dead.

June’s vote, which had been postponed twice because of the Covid-19 pandemic and logistical problems, was largely peaceful, but opposition parties decried harassment and intimidation.

Abiy hailed the election as the Ethiopia’s first attempt at a free and fair vote, but the US has called it “significantly flawed”, citing the detention of some opposition figures and insecurity in parts of Africa’s second most populous country.

The leader of the main opposition Ethiopian Citizens for Social Justice party, Birhanu Nega, lost, while opposition parties won just 11 seats.

The Prosperity party was formed after the dismantling of Ethiopia’s former ruling coalition. Disagreements over that decision signalled the first tensions between Abiy and Tigray leaders that finally led to the conflict erupting in November.

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  1. congratulations to all ethiopians , amhara elites, Abiy has now been crowned to be the 7th king of Ethiopia; I have a dream he will be the king of the world too. Did he run alone ? the result is fishy ? amhara elites breathed a sigh of relief!

    ኢትዮጵያን የነኩ ይጠፋሉ(ዳንኤል ክስረት ህስረት ሙሓዘ ሀሰት ወእከያት በመፅሓፈ ብልፅግና ወሕገ ልቦና ዘአሃዳውያን)እንዳሰፈረው፥፥በዚህ መፅሐፍ ትንሽ ዝቅ ብላቹ የምታገኙት ጦርነትን በድል የመቀዳጀት ምስጢር ቢኖር ሶስትና ከዚያም በላይ የሆኑ ቦንቦችን ጣል ጣል ድርጎሕዝብን መጨፍጨፍ ነው፥፥ከመፅፈ ኦርቶዶክስ ጋር ጣም እጅጉን ይጣረሳል ብቻ ሳይሆን ኢሰብአዊና ኢሃይማኖታዊ አካሄድ በሃይማኖት መሪዎችና ሰባኪዎች አንደበት ይህ ሲነገር መስማት በታክ የመጀመሪያ ያደርገዋል፥፥ዳንኤል ሕስረትና ማህበረ ቅርሱሳን የጥፋት ልጆች ጥፋትን በክርስትና የሚዛመዳቸውን ሕዝብ ላይ ጦርን የሰበቁ ዕልቂትን ያወጁና ጨፍጫፊዎችን በማቴሪያልና በሞራል የደገፉ በታሪክ ሃይማኖትን እንደ ጭንብል ሚጠቀሙ የመጀመያዎቹ ሰው መሰል ልዩ ፍጡራን ናቸው፥፥

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