Ethiopian PM promises fair election investigation

Ethiopian PM promises fair election investigation

[JURIST] Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi [Wikipedia profile] promised Friday that an investigation into allegations of fraud in the May 15 election, which left Zenawi in power, would be "totally transparent and fair." Zenawi said the investigation, which includes international observers, shows his Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) [Wikipedia profile] is committed to fairness. Police killed 36 people and arrested thousands more [JURIST report] when street demonstrations and violence erupted following the elections. Zenawi defended the crackdown on protestors, who were defying an order banning public demonstrations. Reuters has more.