Ethiopia’s ruling party EPRDF sweeps elections

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By Al Jazeera

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.

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:: Al Jazeera

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