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Vol 48 No 16

Published 3rd August 2007


Ethiopia

The Millennium deal

Political compromises could mark the start of a new style for both government and opposition

To satisfy both domestic expediency and international pressure, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has commuted the life sentences passed on 35 of his opponents. That was expected and it helps the government more than the opposition. Meles calls it a promising start to the new Ethiopian Millennium, which begins on 1 Maskaram 2000 (12 September 2007) – an appeal for a national consensus, a new beginning.

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