Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed has been appointed for a second five -year term in the war -torn country for nearly a year.
Abiy’s Prosperity Party was declared the winner of legislative elections earlier this year in an election that has been criticized and boycotted from time to time by opposition parties, but has been described by some foreign election observers as better than it has done in the past.
PM Abiy, who won the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize for restoring relations with neighboring Eritrea and for pursuing comprehensive political reforms, now faces major challenges as the war in Tigray spreads to other areas, ethnic violence that causes casualties continues, and various organizations observers warn that repressive government practices are back.
The 11-month war sapped Ethiopia’s economy, once one of Africa’s fastest growing countries, and threatened to isolate Aby, once considered a peacemaker in the region. Only three African heads of state, from Nigeria, Senegal and neighboring Somalia, attended Monday’s inauguration ceremony.
The Ethiopian government last week faced criticism from the United Nations, the U.S. and several European countries after Addis Ababa expelled seven UN officials it accused of supporting Tigray forces fighting Ethiopian and allied forces. [uh/ab]