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PM Abiy dismissed Tigray polls as a ‘shanty election’, federal officials said polls have ‘no legal basis’.

The governing party in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region has won all contested seats in elections that have further affected an already hostile relationship with the federal government.

“The total seats for all the regional constituencies were won by the TPLF,” regional election commissioner Muluwork Kidanemariam said on Friday, referring to the Tigray People’s Liberation Front.

The official turnout was “97 or 98 percent” from more than 2.6 million registered voters, Muluwork told AFP news agency.

The regional parliament comprises 190 seats – 152 of which were up for grabs in polls that took place on Wednesday.

The remaining 38 seats will be allocated after negotiations among the five political parties who participated in the vote, meaning there is still a chance for some opposition representation, Muluwork said.

The elections mark a low point in a bitter dispute between the government of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Tigray, which dominated Ethiopian politics for nearly 30 years before anti-government protests swept Abiy to power in 2018. Read more here.

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