Ethiopia's ruling party wins election

Abiy confirmed in office Ethiopia's ruling party wins election

Abiy Ahmed

Abiy Ahmed, Prime Minister of Ethiopia, responds to questions from MPs in the Prime Minister's office. Photo: Mulugeta Ayene / AP / dpa

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Overshadowed by the Tigray conflict, Ethiopia has elected a new parliament. Now the electoral commission has announced the winner.

Ethiopia's ruling party won a landslide victory in parliamentary elections, confirming Abiy Ahmed, Prime Minister and Nobel Peace Prize winner, who has been in office since 2018.

Abiys Prosperty Party (“Prosperity Party”) won 410 of the 436 parliamentary seats, the electoral commission said on Saturday in the capital Addis Ababa.

The vote, boycotted by the main opposition parties, took place on June 21 after months of violence. The election was originally supposed to take place last year, but was then postponed twice. The European Union decided not to send any election observers to the East African country on the Horn of Africa.

The polls are overshadowed by the Tigray conflict, in which the government in Addis Ababa is repeatedly accused of using violence and rape against the population in Tigray. Abiy Ahmed started a military offensive there in November against the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), which had been in power there until then. According to the UN, hundreds of thousands of people in Tigray are at risk of starvation.