» Ethiopia Opposition Accuses Weyane of Using Aid for Votes Abbay Media: ‘The Ethiopian Information Bank’

(Bloomberg) — Ethiopia’s opposition accuse Meles Zenawi’s government of using its access to foreign-funded, anti-poverty programs to gain support for the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front. Members of the opposition are routinely denied benefits to relief food, microfinance loans and access to civil service jobs, the Forum for Democratic Dialogue, a coalition of eight political parties said.“Our members, regardless of qualifying to benefit from these services, are by and large denied access,” Beyene Petros, a member of parliament from the FDD-affiliated United Ethiopian Democratic Forces, said in a phone interview today. “What they say is this is the EPRDF’s and let Beyene Petros get it for you. That’s the kind of challenge our members are facing.”

» Ethiopia Opposition Accuses Weyane of Using Aid for Votes Abbay Media: ‘The Ethiopian Information Bank’

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