Ethiopia's Tigray region defies PM Abiy with 'illegal' election

Women wait in line in order to enter a polling station during Tigray’s regional elections in the city of Mekele, Ethiopia on September 9, 2020.

Photo credit: Eduardo Soteras | Afp

What you need to know:

  • Ethiopia was supposed to hold national elections in August, but the national poll body announced in March they would need to be postponed because of the pandemic.
  • Tigrayan leaders rejected the extension of mandates -- which would have expired in October -- contending Abiy will have no legitimacy after that.

Ageing war veterans and university students joined long pre-dawn lines in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region to vote Wednesday in parliamentary elections that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's government has deemed illegal.

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