Addid Ababa, October 10 Almost 97 percent of voters in a local referendum held on September 30 approved a proposal to create Ethiopia’s 11th region, the National Electoral Council of Ethiopia (NEBE) said.
The NEBE revealed that out of 1,262,679 votes cast, 1,221,092 votes approved the proposal to create the new region, which will be called the Southwest region, the Xinhua news agency said citing the media outlet. State Fana Broadcasting Corporate (FBC) in a report.
The results of the NEBE referendum will be presented to the upper house of the Ethiopian parliament, the House of Federation (HoF) for formal approval, before preparations for the formation of a new region begin.
The referendum vote on whether to establish a new regional state took place in five zones and one special locality, all currently located in the southern region of Ethiopia.
Ethiopia currently has 10 regions, although in recent years several ethnic groups in the country have campaigned to create their own regions, sometimes raising fears of political instability in the East African country.
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