Perspective Ethiopia elections: PM Abiy Ahmed faces first vote amid conflict

Perspective

Ethiopia elections: PM Abiy Ahmed faces first vote amid conflict

By:Stuart Norval

This Monday’s elections in Ethiopia should be a triumph of democracy, but major problems – not least a war in the country’s Tigray region – are casting a dark cloud. Human rights groups are disappointed with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed after what was seen as a promising start to his mandate in 2018. He was credited with freeing political prisoners, putting women into high office and allowing more media freedom. But now jailings have increased and the war overshadows everything. We speak to Martin Plaut, a journalist and senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies.