Final election results in Ethiopia posponed till july

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Final election results will now be announced on 8 July - a month later than planned, the National Election Board Ethiopia says.

This will allow election authorities to investigate hundreds of alleged episodes of fraud and vote rigging.

Opposition parties have vowed to stage mass protests if the provisional results are validated.

The opposition have, however, won almost 200 seats - a huge gain from the 12 they had in the previous parliament.

EU observers have voiced concern over irregular vote counting and biased reports by the state-owned media.

According to provisional results, the ruling Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) and its allies have won an overall majority of 320 seats in the 547-member parliament.

The main ruling party, which has been in power for 14 years along with its allies, has acknowledged it has lost votes to the opposition, but has won enough seats to form a new government.

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