Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Ethiopia’s prime minister has been re-elected with 100% of the vote

(Oct 06, 2015, (Addis Ababa))--With 100% of votes in parliament, Ethiopian prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn has been re-elected to a second term. But Hailemariam’s sweeping win isn’t so much a vote of confidence as another example of how democracy is lagging in one of Africa’s fastest growing economies.

Hailemariam’s win was assured by a parliament controlled by his coalition, the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), which has ruled the country for the past two decades and now holds all 547 seats in the legislature.

For the decade ending in 2013, the country averaged a rate of 10.8% expansion. Hailemariam has promised annual economic growth of “about 11%” for the next five years and to help the country reach “middle income” status, as opposed to being labeled a developing country, by 2025. Read more from Quartz »

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