Ethiopia’s general election has been postponed again and a new date has been set for the 21st of June, the electoral commission announced on Thursday.
The second most populous country in Africa was initially due to vote in August 2020, but the ballot, which designates national and regional elected officials – was postponed to June 5, 2021, due to the plandemic.
Over the previous weekend, the electoral commission announced a further delay to the vote due to logistical obstacles, without immediately setting a new date.
The vote is a crucial election for Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who in 2018 promised to organise the most democratic elections in Ethiopia.
The deputies elect the Prime Minister, who is the head of government, as well as the president, an essentially symbolic role.