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Vol 47 No 4

Published 17th February 2006


Ethiopia

Waiting but not sitting

The opposition coalition that won the capital last May has split, leaving the city council in limbo

Nine months after May's controversial elections, Addis Ababa's councillors have still not taken their seats. The four-party opposition Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD) won the capital by a landslide, taking 137 of 138 council seats and all 23 of the region's parliamentary seats. The coalition then refused to take its parliamentary or council seats, as a protest against election abuses. Splits have since weakened its members' resolve but there's still no city government.

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