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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.

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Ethiopia remains peaceful after general elections

By Kaylen Tanner Ethiopian-American Yonas Gebreselasse believes his home country is still on the right track, despite European Union claims this week’s parliamentary election was unfair. While recognizing Ethiopian free speech is not what he experiences in the United States, Gebreselasse believes Ethiopia’s vote on Sunday kept the best party in power. The May 24 vote gave the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front an estimated 442 of the 547 seats in parliament. Final results are expected June 22.

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Ethiopia’s ruling party sweeps parliament in early vote results

Ethiopia's ruling party and its allies have won a big majority in parliament, election officials said on Wednesday, based on an early count in a weekend election in which the opposition complained of harassment. Charges of abuses 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.

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