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Misinformation about the Ethiopian elections is circulating on the internet

Some online users have been spreading false information and claims as Ethiopia prepares for legislative elections on Monday. In comparison to other African countries, Ethiopians have limited access to social media, but its use is fast increasing, particularly around major events such as national elections. Facebook took down accounts that it claimed were spreading false information just days before the election.

The Prime Minister did not state that he would ‘rather die’ than relinquish power. An audio tape, purportedly of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, supposedly leaked from a top-level meeting of the ruling party, has become one of the most frequently disseminated pieces of fakery during the election campaign. The prime minister is overheard saying that he would “rather die” than step down.

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The recording was first provided by Kello Media, a US-based internet news organization, which claimed it was legitimate. My Abiy’s office afterward issued a statement claiming that the audio was a hoax and that it was “crafted together by drawing on other irrelevant remarks made by the prime minister.”

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This is a far-fetched claim, but it underlines the tensions between Ethiopia and its neighbors over the construction of a massive new dam on the Blue Nile in Ethiopia. The filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam and its impact on water flow downstream has been highly controversial, and it is one of Abiy Ahmed’s finest achievements. Unverified statements concerning the dispute have been posted on a Facebook page based in Egypt, including one that Ethiopia is planning a nuclear assault on Egypt.

“It’s interesting that dozens of news [articles] began to escalate concerning Ethiopia’s preparation to launch a nuclear assault on Egypt, especially when the Renaissance Dam issue escalated at unprecedented rates,” the post states.

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Ethiopia, on the other hand, does not have nuclear weapons. In fact, no African country possesses nuclear weapons at this time.