Sunday, May 23, 2010

Voting gets underway In Ethiopia

“This election won’t be a game-changer in any way,” Medhane Tadesse, an expert on peace and security issues in Africa, told the German Press Agency dpa. “It will probably end with a landslide victory for the ruling party.” New York-based Human Rights Watch has also accused the government of harassment, and said that many Ethiopians in impoverished rural settings are forced to join the ruling party as a precondition for being eligible to receive foreign aid money. However, the EPRDF denies all the allegations. Nearly 32 million Ethiopians, 90 percent of the eligible voters, are registered to elect a national and nine regional parliaments. Sixty-three parties and 6,939 candidates are standing for election in Africa’s second most-populous nation. Read more...

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