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Sunday, May 22, 2005

Rival Ethiopian Parties Claim Victories

Western diplomats appealed Saturday for calm in Ethiopia, where both the ruling and opposition parties were claiming victory and accusing their rivals of vote-rigging as provisional results trickled in Saturday.

The National Electoral Board announced results for 40 seats — with 29 going to the opposition, mostly in the capital where it was expected to win. The opposition now has more than twice as many seats as it had in the last parliament.

Many more provisional results from the May 15 vote, seen as the most open and fair in Ethiopian history, were expected to be posted as the weekend continued. Final results are expected June 8.

As the parties traded accusations of elections fraud, diplomats from 21 nations that provide Ethiopia with foreign aid called for calm in a country where power has usually been seized through violence.

AP

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