Ethiopian Party Accused of Intimidation Before Election

[The New York Times] Leaders from Medrek, the largest opposition coalition, and the smaller All Ethiopia Unity Party, said the government had threatened to withhold American food aid from farmers in poor regions and barred opposition supporters from government microfinance programs in an effort to win votes. They also accused the government of blocking opposition monitors from observing voting in several areas of the country as a prelude to rigging results.

“The whole thing is a farce,” said Hailu Shawel, chairman of the All Ethiopia Unity Party. “In the countryside our observers are chased away by the militia. Our people are not allowed into the polling stations.”

Medrek opposition leaders have reported that three of their activists were killed during the campaign and hundreds more beaten and arrested.

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