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Ethiopia: ruling party wins overwhelming majority in parliamentary elections

AA / Addis Ababa

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s “Prosperity” Party won Ethiopia’s legislative elections by an overwhelming majority, the electoral council announced on Saturday, a victory that paves the way for a new five-year term.

According to the Associated Press quoting Council President Birtukan Mideksa, the ruling party won 410 out of 436 parliamentary seats in the poll.

Ethiopia’s new government is expected to be formed in October, according to the same source.

“The vote took place at a time when Ethiopia was facing great challenges, but these elections guaranteed citizens to rule the country with their own voices. I affirm that we have succeeded in holding credible elections,” Mideksa added.

Note that the turnout was just over 90% of the more than 37 million people registered to vote in this ballot boycotted by the opposition parties.

On June 21, Ethiopian voters cast their ballots in the first parliamentary elections held during the era of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

* Translated from Arabic by Wejden Jlassi

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