Ethiopia to vote amid war in Tigray, fears over fairness

Ethiopia PM Abiy Ahmed

Workers lift a billboard depicting Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed during the eve of his visit as part of his electoral campaign, in the city of Jimma, Ethiopia, on June 15, 2021

Photo credit: Eduardo Soteras | AFP

What you need to know:

  • The vote is the cornerstone of a promised democratic revival in Africa's second-most populous nation, and is supposed to represent a clean break with the repression that tarnished past elections.

Ethiopia will vote Monday in an election billed as its freest yet, but that is proceeding under the shadow of war and famine in the north, and serious doubts over fairness.

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