04 October 2021

Ethiopia’s Abiy Ahmed sworn in as PM for second five-year term.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has been sworn in for a new five-year term as his government faces a host of challenges, including a months-long conflict in the northern region of Tigray.

Abiy took the oath of office, administered by Supreme Court Chief Justice Meaza Ashenafi, on Monday following similar oaths by the speaker and deputy speaker of the parliament’s lower house.

Abiy’s Prosperity Party was declared the winner of parliamentary elections earlier this year in a vote criticised and, at times, boycotted by opposition parties but described by some outside electoral observers as better run than those in the past.

In June, the prime minister’s party won 410 of the 436 parliamentary seats that were contested.

Three regions where elections had been delayed voted last month. Voting did not take place in the northern Tigray region which is under the control of regional forces opposed to the government in Addis Ababa.

The election marked the first time Abiy faced voters since he was appointed prime minister in 2018 following several years of anti-government protests.

Source: www.aljazeera.com

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