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09/23/12

  10:52:18 am, by admin, 353 words  
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Hopes abound as Ethiopia takes new prime minister

FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 24, 2012 file photo, then Acting Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn walks to pay his respects at the coffin of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, after signing a condolences book at the national palace in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Ethiopia's parliament swore in new prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 in the U.S. ally's first peaceful change of power in modern history, sparking hope for change in a nation that's largely a one-party state with a poor human rights record. (AP Photo Rebecca Blackwell, File)

Hopes abound as Ethiopia takes new prime minister

By KIRUBEL TADESSE | Associated Press

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP)
— Ethiopia's parliament swore in a new prime minister on Friday in the U.S. ally's first peaceful change of power in modern history, sparking hope for change in a nation that's largely a one-party with a poor human rights record.

Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn succeeds former Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, who died on Aug. 20 after ruling
Ethiopia for more than two decades.

No vote was held Friday. Instead the country's ruling party, the Ethiopian Peoples' Revolutionary Democratic Front — which controls 546 of the 547 seats in parliament — announced its choice for prime minister. Hailemariam was unanimously voted in as chair of the party last weekend by the ruling party's 180-member leadership.
Girma Seifu, the only opposition member of parliament, said he sees a brighter future — in time — for Ethiopia with Hailemariam in charge.

"I don't expect swift changes by next Monday, if he has powers to do so. I would be happy but I don't think that will happen," Girma said. Hailemariam, Girma said in an interview with The Associated Press, should consolidate his power so he can run the country properly, then free those in the opposition who have been unjustly jailed.
Since Meles' death, the country's Justice Ministry has withdrawn two separate charges against two weekly newspapers.
"We are full of hope about the new leadership," said Mohamed Keita of the Committee to Protect Journalists. He added that the group has guarded optimism until it sees what kinds of freedoms are allowed.


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Comment from: extraterrestrial [Member]  
extraterrestrial

Yes, Ethiopia is hopeful than ever before.

09/23/12 @ 12:04
Comment from: obsaa [Visitor]
obsaa

I am amazed when people hope positive things to come from the next leader. He has already told us that he has no new agenda for Ethiopia but continue with what has been started by dictator Melles.

09/23/12 @ 14:40
Comment from: chala [Visitor]
chala

I WILL PAY A THOUSAND DOLLAR FOR SOME ONE WHO WILL GUESS THE NAME OF THE PERSONE WHO WILL OPEN A NEW PARTY IN DC?
this profitable business alredy proved that it is working and there are already people like Abebe’s and Tamagne who managed to live with out working one day only by begging money.
This smart business is already copied by Dr, Birhanu and Dr Eshetu.

To do this business there are two rules
1. promiss to change the eth gov with in 3 to 6 month.
2.you have to do this talk again and again in every state in usa and if you are lucky you can do advert on esat pc.
then it is garanted that for your talk and lie the extrimist diaspora will pay you and they will get relief from this stresfull sidet life by enjoying in your monthly meeting by paying entrance to get in.

09/23/12 @ 16:41
Comment from: abebe [Visitor]
abebe

The new PM will be the subservient of the minority rule Weyans, or if he manages to dismantle Weyanes he will be just another dictator nothing more or nothing less. The reason simply is because there is no Democracy and there are no democratic institutions in Ethiopia. Without democratic institutions the best we can wish for is a gentler and kinder supper human leaders like Nelson Mandela or Julius Nerere. These are rare breed of people, like one in a million. They are smart, visionary, kind and have deep love for the freedom of their people. They are loved and praised by all walks of people all over the world. Unfortunately we do not have these kinds of leaders.
What we still can depend on for our freedom is the demand for Democracy and Basic human rights not tomorrow not next week of year but right now.

09/23/12 @ 22:50
Comment from: C'est moi senait [Visitor]
C'est moi senait

BE AWARE OF TRUE AND PURE ETHIOPIA.

THE NEW RELIGIONS FROM WEST ARE NOW TO DESTROY ETHIOPIAN ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY. these Protestant , pent and others are getting ground by converting orthodox Christians and sealing the Ethiopia unity and spreading their western poison to our ppl. Specially, the scandinavians are the to destroy our church and unity. Be aware of this new pm pent.

09/24/12 @ 00:10
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]
TEDDY

Until now the only engagement that Haile Mariam has made is continuing the evil politics of his former master from whom he succeeds.
Does it mean that is he going to bring changes within the next months even years .This is a good question that must pay all our attentions .

09/24/12 @ 03:19
Comment from: Mesker Ewenetu [Visitor]
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Mesker Ewenetu

Lets not be fooled by Weyane

The Country will be led by the most notorious individual by the name Abai Weldu. He will rule Tifrai in abstentia with his vice. He has moved to Addis Abeba to control the activities of Hailemariam Desalegn, he will recieve all the commands that would percieve from Abai Woldu. Therefore, Hailmariam Desalegn is a Zombie, the prime minister of Ethiopia in actuality is Abai Woldu the politburo of TPLF. The Resources of Ethiopia is moving to Tigrai an abated, therefore to secure the continum of this theft Hailemariam Desalegn would not be given any acceess either to information nor th command

09/24/12 @ 17:04
Comment from: HagereEthiopia [Visitor]
HagereEthiopia

Well, I see we have a well greased democratic system at work here… :)

“the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front — which controls 546 of the 547 seats in parliament — announced its choice for prime minister. Hailemariam was unanimously voted in as chair of the party last weekend by the ruling party’s 180-member leadership…”

09/25/12 @ 21:22

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