Ethiopia PM Abiy Ahmed to announce new government

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has been inaugurated and is expected form a new government on Monday, following controversial elections last June that saw a landslide win for his Prosperity Party.

His party’s win, overshadowed by the war in the northern Tigray region, means Abiy will be prime minister for the next five years.

Ahmed came to power in 2018 after being nominated by the ruling coalition following years of anti-government protests. At the time, he was an unknown figure who went on to immediately win the hearts of millions with his reform measures.

A rise in ethnic clashes soon posed significant problems for him. But his main challenge is now dealing with the conflict in the north, which broke out 11 months ago.

Thousands of people are believed to have been killed with all warring parties implicated in atrocities.

Ahmed’s administration is now accused of blocking aid to Tigray.

The elections in June were marred by controversy, with some of the major opposition groups boycotting the vote.

With his new government, Abiy will face old problems – finding a solution to a deadly war being the most pressing one.

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