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Ethiopia goes to the polls

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Ethiopia goes to the polls


Ethiopia’s ruling People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front is expected to be returned to power with a landslide win in Sunday’s election.

The party which has overseen a rapidly growing economy has been in government for nearly 25 years.

However rights groups have accused the Front of cracking down on critics.

The last election in 2005 was followed by riots after the opposition said the poll was rigged. More than 200 people died in the unrest.

The results of Sunday’s election are expected to emerge in a few days with official results declared next month.

Ethiopia has a population of 96 million with 37 million registered voters.

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