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Templeton Emerging Markets Income Fund ("TEI") Announces Dividend

From: Franklin Templeton Investments
Contact: Franklin Templeton Investments
Telephone:(800) 342-5236

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, March 17, 2006.Templeton Emerging Markets Income Fund (NYSE: TEI) today announced its quarterly dividend from net investment income of $0.22 per share, payable on April 17, 2006 to shareholders of record on March 31, 2006 (Ex-Dividend Date: March 29, 2006).

The Fund’s investment manager is a wholly owned subsidiary of Franklin Resources, Inc. (NYSE: BEN), a global investment management organization operating as Franklin Templeton Investments. Franklin Templeton Investments provides global and domestic investment management solutions managed by its Franklin, Templeton, Mutual Series and Fiduciary Trust investment teams. The San Mateo, CA-based company has more than 50 years of investment experience and over $484 billion in assets under management as of February 28, 2006. For more information, please call 1-800/DIAL BEN® (1-800-342-5236) or visit franklintempleton.com.