Ethiopian ruling party set to take near total election victory

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The ruling party of Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has secured all parliamentary seats so far declared

Ethiopia’s ruling party and its allies are expected to celebrate a near total victory in parliament Monday with the announcement of last month’s election results. Preliminary results of some 80 percent of seats released last month said the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn secured all parliamentary seats so far declared, 442 out of the 547 seats up for grabs. The EPRDF, in power in Africa’s second-most populous nation for over two decades, is widely expected to secure a near clean sweep of parliament, and the outgoing chamber had just one opposition MP.

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