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Ethiopian government says opposition wants poll violence
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - The Ethiopian opposition may provoke violence during the first national elections since a disputed 2005 poll ended with street riots and the jailing of politicians, the ruling party has said.
The government said in 2005 that the violence was planned to force an unconstitutional change after a vote in which both sides claimed victory. Security forces killed about 200 people on the streets and the top opposition leaders were imprisoned.
The ruling party said late on Tuesday that Beyene Petros, leader of the main opposition coalition Medrek, told thousands of supporters it was possible to oust the government violently.
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