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Ethiopia’s Sidama vote overwhelmingly for autonomous region

Ethiopia’s Sidama people have voted overwhelmingly to form their own self-governing region as many of the country’s ethnic groups demand greater autonomy under sweeping reforms led by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. The country’s electoral board said on Saturday that provisional results showed 98.5% of voters had backed the change in Wednesday’s ballot, with turnout reaching 99.7%. The result grants the Sidama, who represent about 4% of Ethiopia’s 105 million population, their own self-governing region – the country’s 10th, control over local taxes, education, security and certain legislation. Ethiopia’s constitution gives…

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Ethiopia: Prime Minister Abiy congratulates Sidama voters

Ahead of official declaration of results from Wednesday’s referendum, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed has congratulated voters in Sidama who are seeking autonomy. People of the Sidama zone, in southern Ethiopia took part in Wednesday’s referendum demanding their own regional state within Ethiopia’s federal system. 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…

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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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