Abi’s regime saw many political reforms and won him the Nobel Peace Prize, but critics say he is holding back political and media freedom. Abi was criticized internationally for his handling of the conflict in the Tigra region.
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Polling in June was postponed twice earlier due to the Kovid-19 global pandemic and logistical problems. The elections were largely peaceful but opposition parties alleged harassment and intimidation. Voting was not conducted in Tigre area.