The Tigray region will hold elections this Wednesday to elect its parliament in a clear impulse to the Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, with consequences that are still unpredictable but it is feared that it will increase the tensions of the ruling party in that part of the country could further fuel the central government.
Ethiopia has been asked to hold parliamentary and regional elections this year. This vote was seen as a test of the popularity of Abiy, who came to power in April 2018 and whose reforms and the peace accord with Eritrea earned him the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize. After an initial postponement to August, however, it was finally decided to postpone the date with the surveys due to the coronavirus pandemic.
As a result, the upper house of the Ethiopian parliament gave the go-ahead on June 10 to extend the mandate of elected officials in the country, including Abyis, until the elections, which will take place between nine months and a year later. COVID-19 is no longer a threat.
The decision was rejected by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), which saw it as evidence that Abiy wanted to hold onto power and hold elections in the region despite the electoral commission ruling out the issue. However, the regional government of Tigray has implemented its plans and maintained the appointment to the 9 September polls.