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Ethiopian PM describes landslide victory as a ‘burden’ beyond expectation

Written by solomon
Thursday, 27 May 2010 08:07

APA-Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) The Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi on Wednesday described his party’s landslide victory in the elections as a “burden” beyond expectations.

Meles told journalists on Wednesday in Addis Ababa that the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) did not expect such a big victory from the polls. Instead he said they were expecting between 50 and 75 per cent victory.

However, his party won more than 90 per cent of the vote, leading Ethiopia to a de facto one party government.

“Around 50 per cent of the victory might be a reward for what we did in the past years. But the victory beyond that is a burden. It has a message that we have a big responsibility a head.”

“The message is clear ; we need to do a lot, otherwise, we might lose such a victory next time.”

So far, the ruling party has won around 500 out of the 547 seats in the parliament.

MEDREK, a coalition of eight opposition political parties, which was expected to win many seats, ended up winning only one seat while one independent candidate won a seat.

Sixty-three political parties and 31 independent candidates participated at Sunday’s poll in which around 30 million Ethiopians caste their votes.

Some of the opposition parties are calling for re-run of the election, which the government has rejected.

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