AU hails Ethiopian polls

2010-05-27 11:22

Addis Ababa - African Union observers on Thursday said Ethiopia's parliamentary elections won resoundingly by incumbent Prime Minister Meles Zenawi but disputed by the opposition reflected voters' will.

The 60-member monitoring team said Ethiopians voted in freedom in Sunday's polls whose conduct they also praised.

"It is recognised that 2010 Ethiopia's legislative elections reflected the will of the people," they said in a statement.

"Conditions existed for voters to freely express their will."

However, European Union observers said the elections were unfair and lacked political freedom.

Opposition groups have also rejected poll results and called for fresh elections, arguing that the vote was riddled with fraud.

Meles, who has ruled Ethiopia for almost two decades, dismissed those calls.