Ethiopia’s encumbered elections – Dr Adem K Abebe | Democracy and society  | IPS Journal

Instead of producing a legitimate mandate for Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, Ethiopia’s June elections may exacerbate mistrust and division in the country

Source: Ethiopia’s encumbered elections – Democracy and society | IPS Journal

Ethiopia is set to hold general elections on 21 June 2021 amid a devastating war in Tigray region and continuing security challenges across the country. But this was not how things were supposed to pan out.

After the protest-induced reshuffle within the then ruling coalition – the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) – Abiy Ahmed became prime minister in April 2018. Abiy’s unifying message found an echo across linguistic and political divides and confidence building measures generated unprecedented euphoria towards a transition to peace and democracy. Back then, many hoped this period would be topped off by credible elections in August 2020, postponed to June 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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