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Sunday, 11 July 2021

Ethiopia Abiy reelected in landslide vote

Ethiopia PM Abiy's party reelected in landslide vote: Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed will remain in government for another five years after his Prosperity Party won the majority seats in last month’s parliamentary elections. The party won 410 out of the 436 contested seats in the country’s federal parliament, though dozens of other seats will remain empty after some of the 547 constituencies didn’t vote due to unrest and logistical issues. Ethiopia’s new government is likely to be formed in October. The news got coverage in Reuters, Associated Press, Bloomberg and the Guardian.

Also worth knowing this morning:

  • Lebanon’s energy crisis is worsening: Lebanon is facing severe power outages after two major plants supplying 40% of the country’s energy shut down on Friday, Bloomberg reports.
  • UN human rights investigator slams Israeli settlements as a war crime: Israel’s illegal settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem amount to “a war crime,” the UN’s special rapporteur on human rights in the occupied Palestinian territory has said in a report, according to Reuters.

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