Monday, May 31, 2010

Meet the lone opposition Member of Parliament (MP) , Girma Seifu

"I won because a lot of my voters were merchants who are economically independent," he said. "They weren't civil servants or unemployed and subject to the same forms of intimidation as a lot of other people. I was lucky." Girma's victory was slim, however, and he only beat his ruling party opponent by a margin of 114 votes in a constituency where both he and his father were born. "If it was a game of football, you could say I won in a penalty shoot-out," he says. The father of two has been involved in politics since the last elections in 2005 but this will be his first time in parliament, where he will be without a leader. Read more…


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