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Ethiopia Holds Twice-Delayed Elections Amid Conflict and Hunger Crisis

HeadlineJun 21, 2021

Ethiopian voters are casting ballots in national and regional elections marred by war and famine. The election was already delayed twice, and millions of Ethiopians will have to wait until a second phase of voting in September to cast ballots. Meanwhile, some prominent opposition parties are boycotting the election to protest the jailing of their leaders. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is looking to extend his mandate, after he pressed a military offensive in the northern Tigray region marked by widespread reports of war crimes, including sexual violence. The conflict has killed thousands of civilians, displaced more than 2 million people and led to massive food shortages, with aid groups warning 350,000 people in Tigray are on the brink of famine.

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