Germany’s Merkel calls for more freedom in Ethiopia – AFP

October 4th, 2007 Print Print Email Email

ADDIS ABABA (AFP) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday urged Ethiopia to allow more democratic freedoms after the country ran into international criticism over disputed 2005 elections.

“We are in favour of further openness of the country, of the political system,” Merkel said at a joint press conference with Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.

Merkel was in Ethiopia on the first leg of a three-nation African tour that will also take her to South Africa and Liberia.

“We have the interest to see this society more open and the opposition’s rights protected,” she said, adding: “The respect of human rights is among the factors very conducive for development.”

Several opposition leaders were detained during a heavy crackdown in the aftermath of the 2005 parliamentary polls that the opposition claimed were rigged by the ruling party.

But in July, the leaders, who were facing heavy jail terms, were freed under a pardon.

Merkel and Meles also discussed cooperation, regional conflicts, notably the crisis in Sudan’s Darfur region, violence in neighbouring Somalia as well as the border dispute between Ethiopian and long-time foe Eritrea.

  1. Damitew
    | #1

    This tyrant needs to be told again and agin about human right because he couldn’t get it in one time that is why his bosses like Merkel is telling him. Other wise waa

  2. | #2

    what a man the tyrant needs another advice from German too. He is sick and arrogant by nature he would not understand what does it means human right. to be honest the 50,000 dollar can feed lot
    homeless people in Ethiopia. He and his share the country wealth so, his eyes are covered by black re vans.

  3. Rumbek
    | #3

    Zenawi and human rights are anti-thesis. Telling Zenawi about human right is waste of time. What Merkel should do is to turn off Zenawi’s aid pipeline. That is what this monster understands.

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