Provisional results in Ethiopia’s general election point to a landslide victory for Prime Minister Meles Zenawi’s ruling party.
Although official results are not due to be published until June 1, the African nation’s electoral board has indicated a win for the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front. Once confirmed, it will extend Meles’ time in office to nearly 25 years.
More than 70 per cent of the country’s 32 million registered voters cast ballots but the election has not been without it’s critics. One US rights group said the weekend poll had been corrupted by irregularities.
Mainly Christian Ethiopia has a significant role in an unstable region as the US sees it as a barrier to the spread of Islamist extremism from neighbouring Somalia
The last 2005 poll descended into violence when the opposition said they had been cheated of victory. This time, the eight-party opposition coalition known as Medrek appears to have lost much of its support.