semayawi election1 628x418(AFP) Ethiopia’s main opposition party on Friday condemned weekend elections, which saw the ruling party cruise back into office, as a “disgrace” and proof the country was a one-party state. According to preliminary results from last Sunday’s elections, the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn secured all 442 parliamentary seats so far declared out of the 547 seats up for grabs.

Read more: Ethiopia opposition says elections an ‘undemocratic disgrace’

By Messay Kebede

messay kebede 300x200Readers may remember that I was recently involved in a dispute with Tecola Hagos over his articleDr. Messay Kebede unjustly criticizing the conference on the Horn of Africa, organized by ESAT (see In addition to criticizing his assessment of the conference, my article disapproved his call for a military dictatorship.

Read more: Is the TPLF Unintentionally Preparing the Ground for a Military Takeover?

SMNE Press Release

SMNE LOGO(Washington, DC)– The fake and unlawful election of May 24, 2015 is over in Ethiopia. No one isObang Metho, Executive Director SMNE surprised with the sweeping victory of the incumbent regime, the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), over the stifled opposition. Over the last five years, the EPRDF, which is mainly controlled by one ethnic group making up 6% of the population, the Tigrayan Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF), has focused enormous efforts on closing all political space to any contenders.

Read more: New Opportunities Post-Fake-Election: It is The Peoples’ Time Now

Press Statement by Marie Harf

Deputy U.S. Department of State Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson

US Department of State 300x300U.S. Department of State logoThe United States commends the people of Ethiopia for their civic participation in generally peaceful parliamentary and regional elections on May 24. We acknowledge the National Electoral Board’s organizational efforts and the African Union’s role as the only international observer mission on the ground.

Read more: United States on Ethiopia’s Recent Election


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