Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s ruling Prosperity Party on Saturday was declared the winner of last month’s national elections. The National Election Board of Ethiopia announced that the ruling party won maximum seats in parliamentary elections recording 410 seats out of the 436 contested. This victory has assured a second five-year term for Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
Ethiopia’s new government is expected to be formed in October.
The Prime Minister came to power in 2018 after the former prime minister resigned amid widespread protests. Abiy received a Nobel Peace Prize in 2019 for the political reforms he led. One of the greatest challenges being faced by Abiy is conflict in the Tigray region that has left thousands of people dead.
The elections which had been postponed twice due to the COVID-19 pandemic and logistical issues, were reported to have been largely peaceful but opposition parties complained of harassment and intimidation. No voting was held in the Tigray region.