Following the parliamentary election on June 21, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed was re-elected for a second term.
According to the electoral board, Abiy’s Prosperity Party won the majority of the seats. According to Reuters, the party won 410 of the 436 seats.
Academics led the opposition to challenge him for the position he has held since 2018.
Every five years, voters in more than 540 constituencies go to the polls. It was supposed to happen last year, but the coronavirus epidemic forced it to be postponed.
However, Tigray and other regions, which account for 20% of all constituencies, did not vote this year.
The northern Ethiopian state of Tigray has been at odds with the central authority.
Mekele, the regional capital, has been recaptured by forces loyal to a local political entity.
In the excluded areas, the election results may fuel anti-Abiy sentiment.