Opposition allege vote rigging as Ethiopian election gets underway

The Times of London
Mojo, Ethiopia

Ethiopians queue to cast their ballot in Mojo (Jerome Delay/AP)
Ethiopians queue to cast their ballot in Mojo (Jerome Delay/AP)

Soon after polling stations opened at 6am dozens of voters queued patiently in the morning light outside a school administration building in the crossroads town of Mojo, central Ethiopia.

Here and elsewhere in Africa’s second most populous country yesterday’s election got off to a calm and well-organised start, but opposition groups were quick to allege intimidation and irregularities.

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‘Political gangsters’ on list of suspects over Kenya poll violence

The Times of London
Nairobi, Kenya

Armed mobs embarked on two months of tribal warfare and forced evictions (Ben Curtis/AP)
Armed mobs embarked on two months of tribal warfare and forced evictions (Ben Curtis/AP)

Not since it gained independence from Britain half a century ago has Kenya’s ruling elite faced such a serious challenge to its grip on power. When he arrives in Nairobi today Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the Argentine chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), will set the scene for a titanic struggle that could decide the fate of Kenya’s shaky democracy.

He will take on the country’s politicians on behalf of the desperate people still seeking justice, more than two years after at least 1,100 died in post-election tribal violence.

“Let’s be clear,” said John Githongo, the former anti-corruption chief. “The ICC has met one of the most serious bunch of gangsters on the African continent here in Kenya.” Continue reading ‘Political gangsters’ on list of suspects over Kenya poll violence