Birtukan freed after ‘a fake cabinet’ is formed

Birtukan Mideksa6 Oct 2010 — Ethiopia’s major opposition leader, and amnesty’s prisoner of conscience, Birtukan Mideksa is released from the notorious Kality jail early in the morning after Meles Zenawi, was re-elected to serve a third 5-year term. Birtukan has arrived at her residence around 5:AM AM EST (+11 AM local time) , after serving for almost 2 years.
At Birtukan' house --</em />Birtukan MideksaAt Birtukan house 6 Oct 2010 —

[Birtukan with her daughter, Hale – Foto by Awramba]

[Press release] By – Free Birtukan and all prisoners

In a related news, Ethiopia’s main opposition group has strongly criticized the formation of the new government of the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), who claimed to win a landslide victory in the country’s controversial parliamentary polls on May 23 sweeping over 99 % of the vote.

Meles Zenawi, was re-elected to serve a third 5-year term as Prime Minister on Tuesday by Ethiopia’s parliament.

The leader of the country’s largest opposition group MEDREK-ARENA, Gebru Asrat a former guerilla fighter and once a close ally to Zenawi, rejected the new cabinet calling it as “a fake and cadre cabinet.”

 Jailed Ethiopian opposition leader freedBirtukan Mideksa, a former judge, is the leader of Ethiopia’s biggest opposition party, the Unity for Democracy and Justice.

She left a prison in the capital Addis Ababa in a car with her daughter and mother, a Reuters witness said. Supporters said she was going to her home. (Reporting by Barry Malone; editing by David Clarke and Angus MacSwan)

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