Ethiopia’s Sidama people hold crucial autonomy vote

Ethiopia’s Sidama people are holding a vote to decide whether to become an autonomy region or otherwise. Wednesday’s referendum could trigger similar action from other ethnic groups also seeking more autonomy. The Sidama people form 4% of Ethiopia’s 105 million population and Wednesday’s autonomy vote is coming ahead of a general election next year. In July clashes between security forces and Sidama activists led to the death of atleast 17 people after the government delayed the poll at the time. Local media reports that there is huge interest among the…

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