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Vol 56 No 7

Published 3rd April 2015


Ethiopia

Easy on the landslide

The EPRDF wants a less crushing win in the elections in May. Meanwhile, it delicately manages the ethnic balance within the party

Nobody, least of all members of the ruling Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front doubts that anything less than overwhelming victory awaits it at the end of the national and federal elections in May. Yet this time, the EPRDF wants to see more opposition members of parliament, if only to silence its international critics. 'There is no way the government can back-track from a democratic discourse and multi-party democracy,' said Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. On the basis of its 23 registered national parties, Ethiopia claims to be a multi-party democracy but there is no question that whatever the appearance of political diversity, the EPRDF will remain dominant, firmly in charge of government for the foreseeable future.

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