Ethiopia to hold parliamentary election amid political and ethnic violence

The electoral board of Ethiopia on December 25 said that the country will hold a parliamentary election amid political and ethnic violence in the region. The voter registration for the June 5 polls would take place from March 1 to 30 the electoral board added.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s Prosperity Party, a pan-Ethiopian movement that was founded by him a year ago faces challenges from ethnically based parties that seek more power share for their regions.

Ethiopia, the second-most populous nation in Africa has a federal system with 10 regional governments, of which many have boundary disputes with neighbouring areas or face low-level unrest.

“Yesterday we buried 207 people who are the victims and 15 more from the attackers,” said Melese Mesfin, a volunteer of Red Cross, adding that the death toll had risen to 222 from an attack that took place in Ethiopia’s western Benishangul-Gumuz region.

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