Ethiopia’s elections are needed. But they face credibility challenges

Ethiopia is holding parliamentary elections on 21 June at a time of immense domestic turmoil and foreign pressure. This is due to, in particular, the Tigray conflict, the COVID-19 pandemic and other ethnic-based violence. Ethiopia has always been a complex and volatile country, but the confluence of these pressures in 2021 is unique, and dangerous. Still, the elections are better held than delayed again, Jon Abbink writes in The Conversation.

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Jon Abbink

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Jon Abbink is Professor of Politics and Governance in Africa at the African Studies Centre, Leiden University.