Southern Ethiopian People's Democratic Movement
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The Southern Ethiopian People's Democratic Movement (SEPDM) is a political party in Ethiopia. At the last legislative elections, 15 May 2005, the party was part of the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front, that won 327 out of 527 seats in the Council of People's Representatives.
Originally known as the Southern Ethiopia Peoples Democratic Front, the SEPDM was founded in 1992. Hailemariam Desalegn has been chairman of the SEPDM since 2002, and has been leader of the EPRDF and Prime Minister of Ethiopia since 2012.
In the August 2005 Regional assembly elections, the party won 271 out of 348 seats in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region (SNNPR). The SEPDM announced 13 December 2007 that in the next election cycle that they would field 790,000 candidates for races for offices in woreda and kebele councils, town administration and the House of Peoples' Representatives. In the 2008 by-elections, the SEPDM won 10 seats in the SNNPR regional assembly, all 850 seats up for election in the 13 Zones of the SNNPR, control of 123 woredas and 20 towns.
- Ethiopian House of Peoples' Representatives Website
- "About EPRDF", Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front website (accessed 29 May 2009)
- African Elections Database
- "SEPDM to field over 790,000 candidates for upcoming election" (Walta Information Center)
- "The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia Official Result of the Local and By-Elections Held on April 13 and April 20, 2008", Walta Information Center, May 2008 (accessed 17 March 2009)
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