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Saturday November 18th 2017

Ethiopia: Supreme Court to Hear Election Challenge

Source: New York Times: Ethiopia’s Supreme Court will consider a request by the Medrek opposition alliance to void the results of the country’s May 23 election and hold a new one after widespread reports of voter harassment and intimidation by security forces and governing party activists, a Medrek spokesman, Negasso Gidada, said Tuesday. The opposition said that three of its activists were killed during the campaign and that hundreds more were arrested and beaten. Medrek also accused the government of using food aid and other resources provided by the United States, the World Bank, and European donors as a political tool during the campaign. Prime Minister Meles Zenawi’s governing party, which has denied the opposition’s charges, and its allies won more than 99 percent of the parliamentary seats in the election.

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