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Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed speaks at the inauguration of the newly remodeled Meskel Square on June 13, 2021 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Photo: Jemal Countess/Getty Images

Ethiopia's ruling Prosperity Party has been declared the winner of last month's election, securing another five-year term for Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, AP reports.

Why it matters: The vote served as a test for Abiy, who came to power in 2018. Many viewed the election as a chance for him to gain democratic legitimacy and for Ethiopia to hold its first free and fair election, Axios' Dave Lawler writes.

  • Yes, but: The U.S. has called the election "significantly flawed," per AP.

The big picture: In what was an expected win, the ruling party won 410 seats of 436 contested in the federal parliament, according to the National Election Board of Ethiopia.

  • No votes were cast in Tigray, where a war has been raging and thousands of people face famine conditions.
  • The Ethiopian Citizens for Social Justice party has filed 207 complaints with the electoral body in response to the vote.

Catch up quick: Abiy, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, promised new political freedoms and touted a vision for the country defined by a national identity, rather than ethnic or regional identity.

  • Abiy oversaw dramatic political reforms after taking office, but critics now fear he may be reestablishing the authoritarian rule he once so adamantly opposed.

What to watch: The new government is expected to take shape in October, per AP.

Go deeper: Ethiopia holds a vital, flawed election

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Judge dismisses Georgia lawsuit alleging election fraud in 2020

Election workers count Fulton County ballots at State Farm Arena on November 4, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo: Jessica McGowan/Getty Images

A state judge on Wednesday dismissed a Georgia lawsuit alleging that members of Fulton County's election board counted fraudulent ballots in the 2020 election, Reuters reports.

Driving the news: Henry County Superior Court Judge Brian Amero said that petitioners failed to allege injuries affected them in a "personal and individual way," per Reuters.

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Brazil senators vote to recommend criminal charges for Bolsonaro

Brazilian senators vote on probe into President Bolsonaro's handling of pandemic. Photo: Gustavo Minas/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A Brazilian Senate committee Tuesday voted to approve a report recommending President Jair Bolsonaro be charged with a raft of criminal indictments, including crimes against humanity over his response to the COVID-19 pandemic, per AP.

Why it matters: Bolsonaro has become the face of a right-wing approach to the pandemic that includes repudiating vaccines and masks and resisting lockdowns and other mitigation measures. The Senate report holds him personally responsible for half of the country's 600,000 deaths.

Former Georgetown tennis coach pleads guilty to accepting admissions bribes

Gordon Ernst (left) former head tennis coach at Georgetown, outside a courthouse in Boston in 2019. Photo: Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

A former Georgetown University head tennis coach has pleaded guilty Tuesday to bribery charges related to facilitating the admission of prospective applicants.

Why it matters: Gordon Ernst solicited and accepted bribes from William Singer, ringleader of the cheating scheme uncovered by Operation Varsity Blues, and families in exchange for helping prospective applicants get into Georgetown as student athletes, according to the Justice Department.

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