Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (Abiy Ahmed) was a popular candidate for the legislative election on June 21, which was postponed in many areas due to the security situation.
The smoke of this ruined ghost city is gone. In Ataye, a small town with 70,000 residents, 270 kilometers north of Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, fighting in mid-April destroyed half of the houses, businesses and banks. On almost empty streets, you still have to walk among the burnt car bodies. Here, members of Amhara and Oromo, the country’s two largest communities, clashed for three days due to territorial disputes, and the city did not shed blood.
The town has been paralyzed for two months, has just begun to rebuild, and will not vote on June 21, the day of the Ethiopian legislative elections. Ataye is no exception.Millions of Ethiopians will miss Monday’s opinion poll, but as “The first attempt at free and democratic elections” By the prime minister and favorite, Abi Ahmed.
Of the 547 electoral districts, 110 electoral districts have been deprived of voting rights due to the country’s increasing insecurity. The Ethiopian Election Commission was unable to complete voter registration in these areas and announced that voting will finally be held there on September 6. As for Tigray Province, since November last year, the war between government forces and supporters of the People’s Front for the Liberation of Tigray has been destroyed, and the province has been excluded from the electoral process.
In this increasingly unstable context, Abi Ahmed needs a strong mandate to establish his legitimacy. Due to the compromise between the various parties of the former coalition, the head of government came to power in 2018 and accepted the test of the ballot box for the first time. Out of a certain desire, the vote count will be announced in early July, when 20% of Ethiopians will not be able to speak.
As for the voting results, to many observers, it seems a foregone conclusion. “The only thing we are sure about in Ethiopia today is the Welfare Party [du premier ministre Abiy Ahmed] will win the election hands down, Sum up a Western diplomat. The rest is unknown! “ More than just waiting for results, it is more that the fear of violent protests dominates Addis Ababa, just like the protests that paralyzed the country in July 2020.