Görkem ŞEKEROĞLU -TDO- The Ethiopian National Electoral Board has said on Friday that the parliamentary elections will be held on June 5, 2021. The elections which were normally due in August last year was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
News of the vote comes as Ethiopia, Africa’s second-most populous nation, struggles with outbreaks of deadly violence.
On Thursday (24 December) the military killed 42 armed men that were accused of being involved in a massacre at the Benishangul-Gumuz region in Western Ethiopia which borders Sudan. A day earlier unidentified attackers torched homes and killed more than 100 people in a village there.
The official Ethiopian News Agency reported that five senior officials, including a state minister of the federal government, have been arrested in connection with security issues in Benishangul-Gumuz. No further details were provided.
Ethiopia’s military forces also continue to fight a rebel force in the separate northern Tigray region, with a huge deployment of troops.