Ethiopia: Government claims victory in polls

Published May 17th, 2005 - 07:36 GMT

The Ethiopian government said late Monday it had won a majority of seats in parliament, while acknowledging that the opposition had won in the capital, Addis Ababa.

 

About 90 percent of voters turned out for a parliamentary election seen as a test of Ethiopian leaders' commitment to democracy.

 

A short statement broadcast on state radio and television did not say how many seats the governing party had won, or offer any other details about Sunday's vote. 

 

Nationwide provisional results, however, were only expected Saturday, and final results would be announced June 8.


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