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Ethiopia Becomes First African Nation to Delay Vote on Virus

  • East African country says preparations can’t be made in time
  • Confirmed coronavirus cases hit 26 in Ethiopia as of Tuesday
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Ethiopia will postpone general elections that were scheduled for the end of August because of the coronavirus outbreak, the first African country to suspend a nationwide vote due to the pandemic.

Delays to the delivery of equipment and the amount of work that would need to be completed amid virus restrictions mean Africa’s second-most populous country won’t be able to vote at that time, the Ethiopian electoral board said Tuesday. A new schedule will be announced “after the risk of the virus has been resolved,” it said.