a two-speed vote between the regions and

In Ethiopia, local and national legislative elections were held on Monday, June 21, after being postponed twice. It’s a real test for Prime Minister and favorite Abiy Ahmed. While mobilization was strong on the streets of the capital Addis Ababa, irregularities have increased in Ethiopian regions.

as reported from Addis Ababa, Noé Rochet-Bodin

The United States and the UN Secretary-General had asked political leaders to hold back and avoid all forms of violence during the vote when the environment is worrying. Since the war began in the Tigray region in November 2020, conflicts between communities have increased in Ethiopia. The Tigray region did not vote on Monday, as did about 20% of the country, paralyzed by insecurity. These late constituencies will vote on September 6, 2021, if possible.

In the capital, on the other hand, the vote took place without any problems with a high attendance. This number of voters combined with some logistical problems forced the Electoral Commission to postpone the closure of the offices by three hours.

Assaults and threats in the various regions

In the different regions, however, the process encountered more obstacles. The opposition parties complain about threats, attacks and lack of access. Three parties talk about threats and lack of access to polling stations. A formation from the Sidama region even withdrew from the process at noon after the attack on several of its members.

On the part of the observer, the African Union was responsible for monitoring the vote following the abolition of the European Mission. Led by former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, who declared that the vote “was much better than the previous elections in terms of opening up the political space, despite some handicaps.

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