Sun halo wows Ethiopia amid poll – BBC

April 14th, 2008 Print Print Email Email

A halo around the sun startled people in Ethiopia during Sunday’s local elections, with many seeing it as a miracle or a sign from God.

The ring of light caused by sunlight refracted by ice crystals hung in the sky for almost an hour before it finally faded and disappeared.

Some Ethiopians say it last appeared in 1991 before a military regime fell. (more…)

A halo around the sun startled people in Ethiopia during Sunday’s local elections, with many seeing it as a miracle or a sign from God.

The ring of light caused by sunlight refracted by ice crystals hung in the sky for almost an hour before it finally faded and disappeared.

Some Ethiopians say it last appeared in 1991 before a military regime fell.

But the BBC’s Elizabeth Blunt in Addis Ababa says there is little chance it could augur change this time.

She says the overwhelming majority of candidates are from the government party.

Churchgoers who had flocked to see the visiting Patriarch of Alexandria, Pope Shenouda, acclaimed the phenomenon as a miracle, or at least a sign of a blessing from God.

Pope Shenouda himself believed it was a signal from above.

“We accept any sign from God to encourage us in our way,” he said, “and confirm that we are going right in our way.”

Abuna Paulos, the Patriarch of Ethiopia, added his voice to those who believe in signs from God.

“If God reveals himself from the sky,” he told a press conference, “we believers do not get surprised. We only rejoice and double our efforts to thank God. Thank you, God, for revealing a sign.”

Dictatorship

But others looked for more secular implications.

Older people in Addis Ababa remember seeing the ring around the sun once before – in the last days of the Derg, the despised military dictatorship, just before its leader Mengistu Haile Mariam fled to Zimbabwe.

But there is little prospect of the government falling in these elections.

The opposition winners of the controversial elections in 2005 in urban areas never took their seats and did not stand again.

The most successful of the other opposition parties pulled out, complaining of intimidation and our correspondent says the results are almost certain to consolidate the ruling party’s hold on power.

Results have not been published yet but an election official said turnout had been massive.

  1. | #1

    The sigh is for all, not particurlly to Goverment alone. The sign is Blessing for those stands for justice and truth. The sigh is curse for those who kill and unjust doing. Still tomorrow is a posiblity to do good. Do not be late to correct your mistake when the grace around. The tears of unjust will be the greatest payment which govement can not accomplish, rather he adds wrong doing. God can not get advice from anywhere, since He is everywhere. The bell is ringing, those who wake up do good those who unblive late live enjoing. The light of God will shine all over Ethiopia. Let the war of peace and justice proclaim and landed.

  2. Belaye Zeleke
    | #2

    May the Lord give the courage and the wisdom for our people to remove the Dicator regime so that our people can live in peace as One People One Nation under One Flag.

    The tears of Ethiopia shall be heard!

  3. Redi
    | #3

    May the time come the dictator regime remove from power by the will of God. We will continue our prayer until the cumbersome remove from our shoulder.

  4. Markeshaw
    | #4

    I believe in God’s signs. But I pity the rehtoric of Patriach Aba Gebre Medhin. He thinks he could always mock at things. This lunatic does not even know how he goes out to hell. I know Aba Paulos and Meles would also be top friends as they go and meet in Hell.

  5. Maru
    | #5

    I believe in God’s signs. But I pity the rehtoric of Patriach Aba Gebre Medhin. He thinks he could always mock at things. This lunatic does not even know how he goes out to hell. I know Aba Paulos and Meles would also be top friends as they go and meet in Hell.

  6. yikerbelen
    | #6

    may God bring his justice . weyanes have been burning so many churches and gedams all over ethiopia. TPLF is even more criminal than adolf hitler’s party.

  7. yikerbelen
    | #7

    the weyane’s era is almost over. the sign is blessing to those ethiopians who have been victumized by weyanes

  8. | #8

    Check out interesting election debate videos from the 2005 Election: http://www.ethiotube.net/tags/Election

  9. yonas
    | #9

    god bless ethiopia forever

  10. Robele Ababya
    | #10

    I have always said that we Ethiopians have only God and ourselves to end the despicable era of the most cruel tyranny pervading all aspects of life in our Motherland. Remember God has shown the sign that He will keep his covenant with Ethiopia. Remeber also that God helps only those who help themselves. So Let us rise up in unison to defeat Zenawi the Lucipher.

  11. Allen 12
    | #11

    May Our Almighty God make free our country from tryanny

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