Constitution and separation of powers: a preview of Ethiopia’s 2010 election

December 16, 2008

Residents of the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa line up to cast ballots on May 15, 2005 elections which observers, including the European Union, declared null and void due to massive rigging by the incumbent ruling .”Ethiopia welcomes any political group at home or abroad for peace talks but only on one condition…That body has first to agree to accept, respect and safe-guard the nation’s constitution…As far as this stand is not changed negotiation with OLF or any other group is impossible. No body can change, improve or negotiate over the Constitution.” Prime Minister Meles Zenawi Read more →

Meles prays for no change under Obama

Written by Kirubel Tadesse

Prime Minister Meles Zenawi does not want his words to be taken as prophetic but predicted that the coming United States (US) administration led by Barack Obama would follow its predecessor’s policies and keep the two nations’ ties strong.

“We have seen Republicans and Democrats showing a trend of working to serve their national interest. If the next administration believes that by keeping the two government ties strong the US would be better served, it does so and the reverse could be true as well,” Meles told parliament this week. “But I think our relation won’t see significant changes.” Read more →

The Horn of Fear

Written by  Prof. Al Mariam
Donkeys, Liars and War Criminals

What a difference two years make! In December 2006, Zenawi invaded Somalia to save it from the “terrorist axis of evil” — Al Qaeda, Al Shabaab and the Islamic Courts Union. In January 2007, he reassured the world, “We will be out of Somalia in a few weeks.” A year ago he likened opposition members of his Parliament who opposed his Somali invasion to that faithful beast of burden, the donkey. He said “both have big eyes, but suffer from myopia; and have big ears, but don’t hear.” Read more →

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