Ethiopia votes in first test for PM Abiy Ahmed
22 June 2021 | 2:11 pm
Ethiopians head to the polls for their first free elections after decades of oppression, although no vote is taking place in the war-torn northern region of Tigray. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed will face voters for the first time and said the national and regional elections are a testament to his commitment to democracy. Abiy came to power with sweeping reforms but is now facing international criticism over the ongoing conflict in the Tigray region.
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