Ethiopia Votes, But Balloting Will Not Ease the Country’s Deep Crisis

Elections delayed from 2020 due to COVID-19 are set to take place on 21 June amid mounting crises across Ethiopia, including a grinding, brutal war in Tigray.

  • In this Q&A, Crisis Group expert William Davison outlines what to expect.

What’s at stake in Ethiopia’s elections?

Ethiopia is due to hold delayed federal and regional council elections on 21 June.

The vote is an opportunity for Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to consolidate power for his ruling Prosperity Party, which, in part due to the absence of major opponents, looks set to form the next government.

It will do little, however, to resolve the fundamental political divisions over the best way to steer the…

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