Ethiopia Releases Top Opposition Leader

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Ethiopia has released its prominent opposition leader Merera Gudina from prison after a year of detention.

The move followed an announcement by the Ethiopian Prime Minister Desalegn Hailemariam to release the jailed politicians.

The Ethiopian Prime Minister Desalegn Hailemariam announced that the charges against the jailed politicians will either be ‘annulled or pardoned’.

His government took the move in order to “improve the national consensus and widen the democratic space.”

The government has pardoned so far more than 500 people. Tens of thousands of people had been arrested in the wake of deadly protests in Oromia province in November 2015.


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