What Happened: An Ethiopian opposition alliance has threatened to boycott the country's scheduled 2020 general elections after criticizing recent changes in electoral laws, Reuters reported Sept. 3.
Why It Matters: A widespread boycott of Ethiopia's general elections could significantly undermine the government's efforts to maintain political stability in the country at a time when Addis Ababa is already struggling with regional uprisings.
Background: Recent amendments to Ethiopia's election law increase the number of signatures required for parties to participate in national elections from 1,500 to 10,000.
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