Friday, June 07, 2013

Political Opposition Has New Energy in Ethiopia

(June 07, 2013, (Addis Ababa))--Ethiopian opposition supporters carried out their first peaceful protest against the government in eight years last week.  The demonstration has raised hopes the ruling coalition will give political opponents more room to operate.  Three opposition leaders from the past said that no matter what happens, the opposition faces major challenges.

Thousands of Ethiopians took to the streets last week in the capital, Addis Ababa, in a demonstration against Ethiopia’s government.  It was the first time authorities had allowed such a protest since the disputed 2005 elections and was organized by the Blue Party, a relatively new party with many young active members.

Hailu Shawul is one of the opposition leaders imprisoned following post-election demonstrations in 2005 that turned violent.  He said last week’s demonstration was a huge success but he questions the long-term effect. Read more from Voice of America »

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