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Vol 51 No 8

Published 16th April 2010


Looking for a landslide

The ruling party is set to win next month’s elections amid growing criticism at home and abroad

The government is determined to win by a landslide in the 23 May elections, to make up for the question marks over those of 2005 (AC Vol 46 No 11). The signs are that it will succeed, through bluster, bludgeon and a sense – in the towns, at least – that the economy is beginning to take off. Foreign supporters of the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) regime in Washington and London are embarrassed by its strictures on the opposition parties and other vestiges of political pluralism. Yet they strongly support the government’s international posture, especially its hard line against Al Shabaab and other Islamists in Somalia (AC Vol 51 No 1).

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