Addis Ababans are to return to the ballot box to re-elect their city administration after the council elected in May 2005 and dominated by the main opposition formation Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD) failed to take office. The decision, announced in parliament in early February, is to be seen in the context of the political crisis following last years polls, which saw the ruling Ethiopian Peoples Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) return to power amid claims of fraud. Since then elected CUD deputies have boycotted parliament, while several key coalition members, including the elected mayor of Addis Ababa, Berhanu Nega, are being detained on charges ranging from treason to "genocide" in connection with clashes between opposition supporters and police in June and November last year, which left at least 86 people dead across the country. Addis Ababa, traditionally an opposition stronghold, is to remain in the hands of the EPRDF-led administration until new elections can be arranged. No indicative date has been given for the polls.
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