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Ethiopia's Abiy vows to hold a "peaceful, democratic" election

Prime Minister of Ethiopia Abiy Ahmed delivers a speech for the Meskel Square inauguration in Addis Ababa on June 13, 2021 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on June 13, 2021   -  
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Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed says the government wants a "peaceful, democratic" election and urges for unity during the inauguration of the rebuilt Meskel Square ahead of the country's approaching election.

The reputation of the Nobel Peace Prize winner has been tarnished as he has waged a military campaign in the Tigray region, where the United Nations warned Friday that tens of thousands of children risk starvation.

"**We are facing an election that will develop or destroy our country, build it or demolish it. We, Ethiopians, firmly know that the division that has been borne out of conflict is not a better option. I want to call again for an agreement and for the protection and prosperity of our country " stressed **Abiy Ahmed, Prime Minister of Ethiopia.

The United States on Friday voiced alarm over conditions ahead of Ethiopia's elections, saying that ethnic violence and detentions of opposition figures will raise doubts about the vote's credibility.

Ethiopia's elections are going ahead after two delays. Election authorities last year pushed back polls due to the coronavirus pandemic, and then delayed the vote from June 5 due to logistical concerns.

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