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Ethiopia's Election Officials Hand Ruling Party Majority Win in Parliamentary Poll


Election officials in Ethopia say provisional results show the ruling party has won a majority of parliamentary seats.

The National Electoral Board gave the ruling Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front 274 out the 547-seat parliament.

Parties allied with Prime Minister Meles Zenawi won another 15 seats, and opposition groups - who have claimed fraud - were given 174.

The results are based on a final vote count of 463 seats.

Final results will be announced after a re-balloting in several areas and investigations into allegations of fraud and other complaints.

Both the ruling party and opposition groups have already claimed victory in the May 15 poll.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.

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