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Ethiopia’s Tigray re­gion holds elec­tion in de­fi­ance

- European Politics · Politics · Elections · Infectious Diseases · Health Conditions · Ethiopia · Tigray · Abiy Ahmed · Abiy Addi

REUTERS - Ethiopia’s north­ern Tigray re­gion held re­gional elec­tions on Wed­nes­day in a show of de­fi­ance against Prime Min­is­ter Abiy Ahmed, who called the vote il­le­gal but said the gov­ern­ment would not re­spond with force. Ethiopia had been due to hold na­tional and re­gional elec­tions on Aug. 29 but post­poned them in­def­i­nitely be­cause of the coronaviru­s pandemic. Tigray op­po­si­tion politi­cians say this was a move by Abiy to pro­long his rule, and de­cided to go ahead with the vote, even af­ter se­nior law­mak­ers ruled it un­con­sti­tu­tional. The con­fronta­tion with Tigray is the lat­est headache for Abiy.

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