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Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy’s Party Wins Vote in Landslide

  • Prosperity Party secures 410 out of 436 parliamentary seats
  • Turmoil has weighed on Ethiopia’s Eurobonds, currency
Abiy Ahmed 

Abiy Ahmed 

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Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed secured a popular mandate to rule the Horn of Africa nation, which is confronting a deepening political crisis that’s alarmed investors and drained national coffers.

Abiy’s Prosperity Party won the 410 out of the 436 contested seats in the House of People’s Representatives, giving it an outright majority, results announced by the national election board on Saturday show. The vote was delayed in some of the 547 constituencies due to security concerns and logistical problems. The legislature’s members elect the prime minister, and it’s now a formality the incumbent will retain his post.