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Ethiopia poll will not deliver legitimacy or stability

Wednesday, May 19, 2021


Even with a delay, insecurity, logistical challenges and electoral boycotts look likely to deny millions of Ethiopians a genuine democratic choice, and thus a credible electoral process.


  • An early and strong rainy season will exacerbate the logistical challenges, especially in the case of a longer delay.
  • Insecurity and political tensions could undermine dissemination of agricultural inputs at a key farming time, aggravating food insecurity.
  • Insecurity could also undercut inflows of investments necessary to kickstart the post-COVID economic recovery.

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