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Ethiopia elections 2021: Abiy Ahmed faces first vote amid conflict


Ethiopians are voting in key elections amid rising tensions and a bloody conflict in the northern Tigray region.


This pandemic-delayed poll is Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's first electoral test since coming to power in 2018.


But the vote has been postponed in Tigray, where the army has been fighting a local force since November.


Insecurity and logistical problems have hit other parts of the country as well, so overall there will be no voting in about a fifth of constituencies.


The Tigray conflict has sparked a humanitarian crisis, with 350,000 people living in famine conditions, according to a recent assessment.

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