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Ethiopian PM, Opposition Leaders Discuss Disputed Election

Ethiopia's prime minister and opposition leaders have met to discuss for the first time together disputed parliamentary elections in May.

Friday's talks between Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and the two main opposition groups were set up to ease tensions sparked by the elections. Shortly after the vote, security forces opened fire on anti-government protesters, killing at least 36 people.

A top official in one opposition party says the talks included the possibility of establishing a coalition government and opposition access to state-run media.

The discussions are expected to continue.

The latest election results show Mr. Zenawi's ruling party and its allies have won 263 seats, 11 short of the majority needed to form a new government. Opposition groups have won 170 seats.

Opposition leaders have rejected the results and called for new elections in 299 constituencies.