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On May 24, 2015 Ethiopians went to the polling stations all over the country to cast their votes in the fifth general election since the adoption in 1995 of the country’s constitution. The general election was conducted to elect representatives for both the House of People’s Representatives and Regional State Councils.

The Ethiopian national Electoral Board Chairman Prof. Merga Bekan announced today that the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), a collation of four ethnic based parties in power since the last 24 years, and its regional allies have secured a 100% historic win in the 5th general election held on May 24, 2015.

 

Writer and broadcaster Lemn Sissay MBE has been elected as the next Chancellor of The University of Manchester.

The 150,000 electorate – comprising University staff, registered alumni and members of the General Assembly – chose the award-winning poet from a shortlist of three nominees, which also included Hallé Music Director Sir Mark Elder and former Cabinet minister and Labour peer Lord [Peter] Mandelson.