Ethiopia likely to postpone August elections amid COVID-19 virus outbreak, increasing localised violent protest risks

Ethiopia’s health minister confirmed the country’s 12th case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on 24 March, the day after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced that the country was closing all of its land borders, except to incoming essential goods, in order to combat the spread of the virus.

State-owned Ethiopian Airlines suspended flights to 30 countries over the outbreak on 20 March.

Ethiopia will likely delay the legislative and local elections currently scheduled for 29 August for at least three months. Prime Minister Ahmed stated in a public address on 21 March that it was still “preferable” to hold elections on time and that this would be possible if the COVID-19 virus outbreak was contained quickly.

Source: Jane’s

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