Addis Ababa — Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has urged the international community and Ethiopian political opponents to recognise his party’s overwhelming landslide election victory. He told the opposition they would be consulted on decisions of national concern.
The country’s electoral board said the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) and allied parties had won 534 seats out of 536 declared, giving Mr Meles nearly every seat in the 547-member parliament.
“Even if you don’t have seats in parliament we promise to consult you on issues of national concern. We consider you an important part of this renaissance,” Mr Meles said, reaching out to opposition leaders at a victory rally in Addis Ababa.