Ethiopia’s PM admits that ‘49%’ have been left without a voice

Ethiopia’s Prime Minster Hailemariam Desalegn has admitted that the voices of nearly half the population have not been heard in the country’s parliament, the AFP news agency reports.

The statement comes after an unprecedented wave of anti-government protests culminating in Sunday’s declaration of a six-month state of emergency.
He was speaking after meeting Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Ethiopia’s President Mulatu Teshome spoke on Monday about changing the voting system.
Currently, Ethiopia has a first-past-the-post constituency system and in last year’s election the governing coalition and its allies won every single seat.
 AFP quotes Mr Hailemariam as saying:  
“We have 49% of voices who are not represented in the parliament even though they have voted for the opposition, because of the electoral system.”

The protests in the Oromo and Amhara regions of the country have in part been about alleged political and economic marginalisation.

Source: BBC update. 

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