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Ethiopia’s Ruling Party Claims Poll Win by Record Margin

ADDIS ABABA—Ethiopia’s ruling party says it has overwhelmingly won the 2015 parliamentary elections, claiming 546 out of 547 seats in legislative body for a five year term.

For the past five years, the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) and their affiliated parties have faced only one opposition member in parliament, and one independent member often voted with the ruling party.

Beyene Petros, leader of the largest opposition party, Medrek, says the election results are “absolute nonsense,” saying the results have no credibility and do not reflect voter interests.

The current lone opposition member in parliament, Girma Seifu, says he will not return, even if the last seat goes to the opposition.

Despite nearly 100 percent voter support for EPRDF at the polls, Merga Bekana of Ethiopia’s National Election Board says all elections were conducted in a free and fair manner.

Source: www.voanews.com

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