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Ethiopia - Election 2021

Ethiopia will hold a parliamentary election on June 5, 2021, the National Electoral Board said on 25 December 2020, as Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed tries to quell outbreaks of deadly political and ethnic violence in several regions. Abiys Prosperity Party, a pan-Ethiopian movement he founded a year ago, faces challenges from increasingly strident ethnically-based parties seeking more power for their regions.

Ahmed took office in 2018 and accelerated democratic and economic reforms that have loosened the states iron grip on regional rivalries. But he is now under pressure to contain the violence gripping his nation. Ethiopias military battled a rebellious force in the separate northern Tigray region, with a mass deployment of troops that has raised fears of a security vacuum in other areas. The war, believed to have killed thousands, has sent more than 45,000 refugees into Sudan, displaced many more within Tigray, and worsened suffering in a region where 600,000 people were already dependent on food aid even before the conflict began. Ethiopia is also experiencing unrest in the Oromia region and faces long-running security threats from Somali fighters along its porous eastern border.

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