Ethiopia voted on Monday in an election expected to boost the mandate of one of Africa’s youngest leaders.
Once seen as a unifier and peacemaker, Abiy Ahmed, 44, has presided over a new era of division. Civil war has erupted in the northern region of Tigray and ethnic violence has intensified across the country due to hard-line rhetoric and a flood of hate speech and disinformation.
About a fifth of polling stations have been closed due to violence and errors in printing ballot papers, and senior opposition leaders are either in jail or have boycotted voting. On top of all that – it’s the middle of the heavy rainy season in Ethiopia.