But while Abiy's victory is seen as probable, the international community is unlikely to see the election as legitimate because of voting delays, violence in Tigray and a boycott by some opposition parties.
The polls were monitored by the African Union and a number of domestic groups, but the European Union did not send a team, blaming Ethiopia for failing to guarantee the independence of its mission.
Al Jazeera’s Mohammed Adow reports from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
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