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Upcoming Ethiopian general elections face uncertainty

Following prime minister Abiy Ahmed's appointment it is remembered that Ethiopia has been going through social, economic and political reforms. As part of the political reform, exiled opposition parties were invited back to the country by the prime minister. The parties came back home pledging to participate in peaceful political activities. In addition, the Ethiopian National Electoral Board went through administration restructuring to improve accountability and transparency. The appointment of Birtukan Midekssa, the former opposition leader, lawyer, and judge was one of the promising changes. But there have been reports that the election is facing uncertainty. According to the board’s Secretariat Head Ato Nega Dufissa, the date of the election has not been settled yet.  He said that the constant agendas and questions being brought up by political parties are the reason behind the uncertainty and the board is worried such situations may delay the pre-election preparations which can, in turn, affect the schedule of the election.