Judging from Ethiopia’s official result of the parliamentary election so far, Abiy’s Prosperity Party has won the most seats. With that, the Prime Minister is assured of a second five-year term in office.
Last week, the PM in a statement on Twitter on Saturday, said the June 21 vote as a historically inclusive election. He also added that:
“Our party is also happy that it has been chosen by the will of the people to administer the country.”
The election is indeed historical for Abiy. This is the first time he is facing voters since he was appointed PM in 2018 following years of anti-government demonstrations.
The northern side of Tigray suffered from ethnic violence and logistical challenges which affected the poll in some areas. As a result, voting failed in 3 out of 10 regions.
Although, Abiy’s Prosperity Party won 410 seats in the federal parliament out of 436 where elections were conducted. Coming from National Election Board of Ethiopia (NEBE), there would be a rerun in 10 constituencies.
For Birtukan Mideksa, the head of the electoral board, the “voting process has guaranteed that people will be governed through their votes”.
“I want to confirm that we have managed to conduct a credible election,” she added.
By Elijah Christopher
Elijah Christopher is a journalist at A New Touch Of Africa, is also a creative writer, a poet, and an IT enthusiast. He contributed to the collaborative poem written in celebration of Edwin Morgan Centenary, the first Glasgow poet laureate and Scottish national poet from the University of Glasgow. He loves meeting people and learning about new places, cultures, events, and lifestyles.