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Vol 50 No 9

Published 1st May 2009


Ethiopia

Losing the plot

The arrest of 35 members of Ginbot 7 on 24 April, accused of plotting a coup against Prime Minister Meles Zenawi's government, increases the pressure on opposition groups ahead of parliamentary elections in May 2010. The arrests by the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) have been met with scepticism by diplomats in Addis Ababa and protests by human rights groups, already campaigning against the gaoling for life of the opposition Unity for Democracy and Justice (UDJ) party leader, Birtukan Mideksa.

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