Ethiopia PM Abiy’s party wins landslide victory in June parliamentary poll

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Saturday hailed the outcome of a “historic” election after results showed his party winning an overwhelming majority in the federal parliament.
Abiy’s party won 410 of 436 parliamentary seats, election board deputy chairperson Woubshet Ayele announced Saturday in the capital Addis Ababa. Chairperson Birtukan Mideksa said the board had delivered a credible election.
Abiy described the June 21 vote as a “historically inclusive election”, in a statement on Twitter, adding: “Our party is also happy that it has been chosen by the will of the people to administer the country.”
The prime minister said the June 21 vote was the country’s first free and fair election after decades of repressive rule. However, an opposition boycott, war, ethnic violence and logistical challenges overshadowed the election in some areas. Voting did not take place in three of Ethiopia’s 10 regions.
Opposition leader Berhanu Nega said his Ethiopian Citizens for Social Justice party (Ezema) had filed 207 complaints after local officials and militiamen blocked observers in the Amhara region and Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ region.
The election was the first test of voter support for Abiy, who promised political and economic reforms when he was appointed prime minister by the governing coalition in 2018.