Ethiopia’s Sidama vote for new country wide region: Electoral board

Ethiopia’s  Sidama many people voted overwhelmingly for a creative federal region, with 98 percent choosing an autonomous rule, the country’s electoral board has said.

The Sidama individuals have demanded for years to give the diverse Southern Worldwide, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Town Tiksa Negeri/Reuters

The official results were released on Saturday by Wubshet Ayele, deputy head of the National Electoral Board, in the regional funding Hawassa, roughly 200km (125 miles) south of the nationally capital, Addis Ababa.

“Preliminary results of one of the referendum held for the statehood of Sidama zone reveal to that voters support rectangle of a regional state, inches the government-backed Fana Transmission said in a statement.

Less than 2 proportion voted to remain in the existing federalista region, one of nine at this point in Ethiopia , Ayele said. The results pave the way for Sidama to become the 10th state and also act as an inspiration for others eager to carve out their own ethnic region.

The referendum on autonomy springs from a federal system designed to provide widespread ethnic self-rule in a highly diverse country.

The  Sidama people – who number more than 3 million – have demanded for years to leave the diverse Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR).

The diverse SNNPR is one of Ethiopia’s nine ethnic-based regional states, which are overseen by the central government in Addis Ababa, but enjoy a level of autonomy over issues such as land resources, taxation and security.

The new state will split off from that region, and will hand tax-raising powers and control over schools, police, health and other services to the Sidama people , who would be in the majority in the state.

Long road ahead

Implementation of the referendum is expected to raise a host of thorny issues, and there are long steps ahead before the new state becomes a reality.

Several other groups in the south of the country have already launched plans for self-determination similar to that of the Sidama people. Some analysts fear the vote could embolden groups with similar demands and unleash further ethnic violence.

The dormant Sidama campaign gained fresh momentum after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed , successful of this year’s Nobel One Prize, took office towards 2018 and began producing a series of political reforms.

Source Al Jazeera

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