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EU cancels election observation mission to Ethiopia

dw.com logo dw.com 2 days ago Wesley Dockery

EU High Representative Josep Borrell says Ethiopian authorities would not agree to key parameters regarding the bloc's observation mission. Ethiopian parliamentary elections are slated for June.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd posing for the camera: National elections in Ethiopia are scheduled for June 5 © Balderas/NAMA National elections in Ethiopia are scheduled for June 5

The EU on Monday canceled its upcoming election observation mission to Ethiopia, High Representative Josep Borrell said in a statement.

Borrell said Ethiopian authorities would not agree to key parameters of the election observation mission. "As conditions are not fulfilled, the deployment of the mission has to be cancelled," he asserted.

Ethiopian elections are slated for June 5. The elections were originally supposed to be held in August 2020, but were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's Prosperity Party is facing off against various ethnic parties based in various regions of Ethiopia.

The Prosperity Party grew out of the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), which ruled the country with a tight grip for 28 years from 1991 to 2019.

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Author: Wesley Dockery

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