In Ethiopia, the Sidama Zone Votes for Independence

In Ethiopia, the Sidama Zone Votes for Independence

November 28, 2019

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The Ethiopian region called the Sidama Zone voted in November 2019 to split off from the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region (SNNPR) to become a new regional state.

The government of Ethiopia has reported that the referendum passed by a very large margin, with record voter turn-out, and over 98% of voters choosing increased self-rule.

Despite concerns that the change will spur campaigns for statehood in other regions, resulting in a disruption to Ethiopia's administrative structure and politics, the Ethiopian government indicates that it will respect the outcome of the vote and make the Sidama Zone a self-governing regional state.

Once the change is official, Sidama will be one of the smallest Ethiopian regional states. The process of revising the region's status may take a while—Ethiopia's government has to amend their constitution to make the change official.

At Seterra, we'll be keeping an eye on the situation and will update our map quizzes to reflect the new status as soon as it's finalized.