Ethiopia's Sidama Vote Overwhelmingly for Independence

Residents of Ethiopia's Sidama zone have voted in favour of a new federal region, with about 98.5% choosing autonomous rule, the country's electoral board says. Voter turnout was 99.8%.


First-time voter Mehret Beyeyne registers for a referendum which is to determine if her ethnic group, the Sidamas, will have their own semi-autonomous state in Ethiopia.

An Ethiopian flag marks a polling booth in the regional capital Hawassa.

Dr Tiro (left, wearing a cap) and other activists of the pro-Sidama independence group Ejjeetto meet to discuss their communication strategy.


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