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World Ethiopia postpones vote in two regions citing irregularities

10:55  11 june  2021
10:55  11 june  2021 Source:   reuters.com

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By Dawit Endeshaw

Birtukan Mideksa holding a cell phone screen with text: National Electoral Board of Ethiopia Chairperson, Birtukan Mideksa attends a news conference, in Addis Ababa © Reuters/TIKSA NEGERI National Electoral Board of Ethiopia Chairperson, Birtukan Mideksa attends a news conference, in Addis Ababa

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia’s electoral board announced on Thursday that elections in two regional states would be postponed, citing irregularities and problems with the printing of ballot papers.

The chairwoman of the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE), said that Harar and Somali regions would cast their vote in September.

"For some constituencies the election will be done in a second round on September 6," Birtukan Mideksa told reporters in the capital Addis Ababa.

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The nation of 109 million people - which has 37.4 million registered voters - will hold national and regional parliamentary elections in two weeks, in what might lead to the country's first democratic transfer of power.

Birtukan Mideksa posing for the camera: National Electoral Board of Ethiopia Chairperson, Birtukan Mideksa addresses a news conference, in Addis Ababa © Reuters/TIKSA NEGERI National Electoral Board of Ethiopia Chairperson, Birtukan Mideksa addresses a news conference, in Addis Ababa

Voting will not take place either in the northern conflict-torn Tigray region, where hundreds of thousands of people are suffering from famine. A new date for a vote in Tigray has not been set.

Together the three regions account for 63 out of 547 parliamentary seats.

Ethiopia's elections were originally scheduled for August 2020 but Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed postponed them due to COVID-19.

Earlier this month the board said the vote would not be held in 78 out of the 547 constituencies, due to logistical and security problems.

(Reporting by Dawit Endeshaw; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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Ethiopia has projected power in the Horn of Africa for centuries, remaining fiercely independent as the rest of the region fell to colonial rule, and warring with neighbours to defend its vast realm. Diplomacy can be fraught in this turbulent corner of Africa, as friends turn foes and competition stokes conflict. Here are some of Ethiopia's key relationships: - Eritrea - Part of Ethiopia until breaking away in 1993 following a decades-long war of independence, Eritrea has a tortured and bloody history with its much larger neighbour to the south.They fought another war in 1998 that left 80,000 dead before sinking into stalemate.

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