Tweedle Dee tells West to leave Tweedle Dum Alone – AFP

January 25th, 2008 Print Print Email Email

LONDON (AFP) — Trying to impose democracy in Africa is wrong, Ethiopia’s prime minister said Friday, contrasting Western attitudes to countries like Kenya and Zimbabwe to policies towards oil-rich Gulf states.

In a rare British newspaper interview, Meles Zenawi warned for example against imposing sanctions on Kenya to try to force the country to resolve the deadly standoff triggered by disputed elections. (more…)

LONDON (AFP) — Trying to impose democracy in Africa is wrong, Ethiopia’s prime minister said Friday, contrasting Western attitudes to countries like Kenya and Zimbabwe to policies towards oil-rich Gulf states.

In a rare British newspaper interview, Meles Zenawi warned for example against imposing sanctions on Kenya to try to force the country to resolve the deadly standoff triggered by disputed elections.

“The threat of western sanctions as a response to the current crisis in Kenya is very, very misguided,” he told the Guardian daily.

“If it is presumed that the Kenyans will democratise in order to eat the peanuts of development assistance from the European Union, for example, it would be a big mistake.”

Kenya’s opposition has called for international sanctions against the government it accuses of rigging the December 27 polls that led to President Mwai Kibaki’s re-election.

Meles lamented the West’s attitude towards Zimbabwe, whose President Robert Mugabe is barred from travelling to Europe and is treated as an international pariah in particular by former colonial rulers Britain.

“I believe democratic forms of government are applicable everywhere and are better than the alternatives. And we feel that countries and peoples can share their experiences to help others to democratise. So that is all to the good.”

But he said: “When it becomes a problem is when countries pretend their foreign policy is based on democratisation when this is clearly not the case.”

“For all the challenges in Zimbabwe, for example, it is a bit of a stretch to say it is less democratic than some of the sheikhdoms of the Gulf. But none of the sheikhdoms has a problem visiting Europe,” he added.

And he went on: “We believe democracy cannot be imposed from outside in any society. Democracy is the expression of a sovereign people.

“To impose it from outside is inherently undemocratic. Each sovereign nation has to make its own decisions and have its own criteria as to how they govern themselves.”

  1. Zafu
    | #1

    THE DEVIL IS ADVOCATING FOR THE DEVIL. THE KENYANS ARE NOT LIKE THE ETHIOPIANS THEY WILL TEACH HIM AND WILL SET AN EXAMPLE FOR AFRICA. THEY ARE NOT AS DIVIDED AND MORE EDUCATED THAN US. THEY WILL OVERTURN HIM NO MATTER WHAT

  2. Zoro Kebet
    | #2

    In the 21 century, Africa needs leaders like Meles. I disliked him. But after witnessing how stupid/fool criminals the Diasporas are, I like meles and his leadership day-by-day and occasion-by-occasion. It is easy to see his confidence and that gives hope to the vast majority Ethiopians that have nothing to do with the Eritrean Review style anti Ethiopian elements.

    Dear p.m. Meles. We are with you. You have told them what those so-called foreign forces have to do concerning Africa? The colonization and slavery era is over long a go. The yesterday’s world is not anymore today.
    Countries like china, Russia, India and others have excess amount of money and technology. They have no idea what to do especially with the money they have with excess. So, countries in Africa don’t need anymore orgs. like IMF, World Bank, WTO and NGOs that are carrying the name to mislead while working against any poor/developing nation in order not to be developed.

    I didn’t like you before, but since few…, I totally support you. I also know, many are happy with your leadership.

    I wish you a long and healthy leadership period. As long as you hate and disrespect Ethiopia and Ethiopians, we always love and respect you and your leadership.

  3. Guenet
    | #3

    Meles is afraid of losing another dictator friend (if Odinga wins, he knows that he will be isolated). He doesn’t even know what is democracy, and he is trying to lecture the others.

  4. GEMORAW
    | #4

    meles, namni garuu sidadhbee jirra.rabbi du’a issa si’iif yaakenu.

    let God kill you.you are evil.

  5. | #5

    ABUGIDAWOCH SHEM FOR YOU SHEM FOR YOU.
    MAFFERAAAAWOCH nachu mene letametulen newi wede ethiopia SHEM FOR U ABUGDAWOCH

  6. Tilahun
    | #6

    Meles’s Number 1 enemy is democracy in ETHIOPIA and he intutively knows westerners are closing up on him.Having no place to run he is desperate. Too late jack ass dump ass woyane you are WONTED BY OVER 70 MILLION ETHIOPIAN AND the verdict is death by hunging at peoples’s square.

  7. totaw100_2
    | #7

    dani-25 ?????????????
    weyaneeee dani-25!!!! dani-25 are you normal?????? I don’t blame you because your brain is dead like your leader devil Melese. In any way no one listen you what ever you said here…we know you afraid the sanction and HR 2003??? HR 2003 will be law soon that is why you gays are crying…..
    Bravo Abugidainfo….continue your good job!!!!
    God Bless Ethiopia!!

  8. | #8

    The paid to write, Alamoudi financed ,Woyanne cheer leaders, Sheraton Addis journalists are a disgrace to their profession.These so called journalists are painting the Agaazi leader as a renaiscense leader.This is slap on the face of the Ethiopian people .The atrocites and plunder being visted on the people is very hard to fathom. The cruelity and inhuman treatment facing the people can be equated only to that of Nazi Germany.

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