By Aaron Maasho ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia's ruling party and its allies have won a big majority in parliament, election officials said on Wednesday, based on an early count in a weekend election in which the opposition complained of harassment. Charges of abuses were dismissed by Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, leader of the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), which has been in power for almost 25 years. The EPRDF and its allies won 442 seats out of 547, according to a Reuters tally calculated after election board chairman Merga Bekana read out results so far by region.
Greece and its creditors are starting to draft a technical-level agreement that will include no more wage or pension cuts, a government official said on Wednesday. "At the Brussels Group today procedures to draw up a staff-level agreement are beginning," the official said. The statement appeared to suggest significant progress in talks with EU and IMF creditors that form the Brussels Group, though sources close to the lenders have so far not indicated any such progress to merit drawing up an agreement.