Opposition gets 1 seat as Ethiopia’s Ruling Party Sweeps Elections

Ethiopia’s ruling party and its allies have won a large majority in parliament, the country’s election board said on Wednesday, based on an early vote count in a weekend election in which opponents complained their supporters were harassed.

epa02916969 Ethiopian Foreign Minister Hailemariam Desalegn addresses a joint press conference after his meeting with his Egyptian counterpart Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr (not pictured) in Cairo, Egypt, 14 September 2011.  Ethiopian Foreign Minister arrived on an official visit to Egypt on 14 September, days before the planned visit of Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi who is due to meet with Egyptian officials. According to local media reports, the Nile Basin negotiations and the situation in Libya, Sudan and Somalia will be the main focus of the talks.  EPA/MOHAMED OMAR
Ethiopia Prime Minsiter Haile Mariam Desalegn has won his first election

Charges of abuse were dismissed by Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, leader of the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), which has been in power for almost 25 years. It was widely expected to sweep the vote.

The EPRDF and its allies have so far won all of 442 seats declared, according to a Reuters tally calculated after election board chairman Merga Bekana read out regional results so far.

The opposition won just one seat in the last parliament.

Source – Aljazeera

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