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Obama Speaks to Acting Ethioipa PM

Posted August 24th, 2012 at 3:25 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama has urged Ethiopia’s acting prime minister to promote “development, democracy, human rights, and regional security.” Mr. Obama spoke by phone late Thursday with Hailemariam Desalegn, who was named acting prime minister this week after longtime leader Meles Zenawi died at the age of 57. The White House says Mr. Obama pledged […]

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Ethiopia Delays Installation of New Prime Minister

Posted August 22nd, 2012 at 3:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Ethiopia has delayed plans to swear in Hailemariam Desalegn as the new prime minister, following Monday’s death of Meles Zenawi. Parliament had been expected to hold an emergency session Thursday to install Mr. Desalegn. He had served as Mr. Meles’ deputy since 2010. However, the government communications office issued a statement late Wednesday saying the […]

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Ethiopia Prepares for New Prime Minister as Nation Mourns Meles

Posted August 22nd, 2012 at 9:15 am (UTC-5)
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Ethiopia’s parliament is preparing to hold an emergency session to swear in the successor to the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, who died on Monday. Parliament is set to meet Thursday to install the new prime minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, who has served as Mr. Meles’ deputy since 2010. Mr. Desalegn is to serve out the […]

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Ethiopia’s Meles Remembered For Development, Abuses

Posted August 21st, 2012 at 3:20 pm (UTC-5)
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World leaders are paying tribute to Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, who died late Monday after more than 20 years in power. In a statement Tuesday, United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon said Mr. Meles will be remembered for “exceptional leadership” on African issues and overseeing his country’s economic growth. U.S. President Barack Obama said Mr. […]

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Ethiopia’s Meles Remembered For Development, Abuses

Posted August 21st, 2012 at 2:05 pm (UTC-5)
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World leaders are paying tribute to Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, who died late Monday after more than 20 years in power. In a statement Tuesday, United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon said Meles will be remembered for “exceptional leadership” on African issues and overseeing his country’s economic growth. U.S. President Barack Obama said Meles deserves […]

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Spokesman: Ethiopia PM’s Death No Cause for Worry

Posted August 21st, 2012 at 1:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Ethiopia’s communications minister says there is “no worry” about the country’s future after the death of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, who ruled Ethiopia for more than 20 years. Minister Bereket Simon told VOA the leadership is united and the government is “strong as ever.” He rejected concerns about a power vacuum. “The policies, the strategies, […]

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Spokesman: Ethiopia PM’s Death No Cause for Worry

Posted August 21st, 2012 at 10:05 am (UTC-5)
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Ethiopia’s communications minister says there is “no worry” about the country’s future after the death of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, who ruled Ethiopia for more than 20 years. Minister Bereket Simon told VOA on Tuesday said the leadership is united and the government is “strong as ever.” And he rejected concerns about a power vacuum. […]

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Rights Group Urges Ethiopia to Release Jailed Muslim Protesters

Posted August 15th, 2012 at 10:30 am (UTC-5)
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A U.S.-based rights group is urging the government of Ethiopia to immediately release 17 Muslim leaders jailed as part of a “brutal crackdown”. Human Rights Watch says the men were among hundreds who were harassed, assaulted and detained during protests at mosques in the capital, Addis Ababa, last month. HRW says the crackdown followed months […]

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New Reports Say Meles Will Return to Work by September

Posted August 10th, 2012 at 12:50 pm (UTC-5)
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An Ethiopian official says the country’s leader, who has not been seen in public for more than a month, is recovering from an illness and will be back at work by September. His comments on Friday follow a report in the British newspaper The Financial Times on Thursday that Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has been […]

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Ethiopia Rejects Rumors, Says PM’s Health Improving

Posted August 2nd, 2012 at 10:30 am (UTC-5)
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A top Ethiopian official says the health of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi is “much improved” in recent days, following treatment for an unspecified illness. Mr. Meles has not been seen in public for more than a month, and opposition websites this week reported the Ethiopian leader is dead. In an interview with Ethiopian television late […]

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