Ethiopia will hold its parliamentary elections on June 5, 2021, its National Electoral Board said in Addis Ababa on Friday.
The elections, which were initially scheduled to hold in August this, were postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
After the elections, the chairman of the winning party becomes the country’s prime minister.
Ethiopia has a federal system, comprising 10 regions with freedom to set some taxes, run security forces and pass laws.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is facing outbreaks of deadly violence in several regions, including a conflict in the northern Tigray region, where thousands of people are believed to have been killed since fighting began on Nov. 4.
Ethiopia’s previous government, which then ruled in an increasingly autocratic fashion until Abiy took power in 2018, was dominated by an ethnically-based party from Tigray.