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Ethiopia's Abiy, A Nobel Winner Tarnished By The Violence In Tigray, Is Facing Voters

The Ethiopian prime minister and Nobel Peace Prize winner has come in for increasingly criticism for his handling of the breakaway region.
Ethiopians in the city of Bahir Dar line up to cast their vote on Monday. The current prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, came to power in 2018 and is widely expected to be reelected. Source: Jemal Countess

Ethiopians are deciding Monday whether to return Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to office as a growing conflict in Tigray has threatened to engulf the region, unraveling the international good will that helped win Ahmed a Nobel Peace Prize just two years ago.

The vote, originally planned for last year but delayed by the pandemic, has been described by Abiy as the first attempt at free and fair elections in the country's history.

Speaking at a rally last week, Abiy told supporters of his Prosperity Party that Ethiopia would defy the dire forecasts predicting violence surrounding the

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