Ethiopia to release all political prisoners, says prime minister
Wednesday January 3 2018
Ethiopia's prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn. He says the country will immediately release all political prisoners and close notorious detention centre, in a move is designed to allow political dialogue. FILE PHOTO | AFP
Ethiopia's prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn told a press conference charges would also be dropped for those still awaiting trial.
Ethiopia is accused by human rights groups of using mass arrests and detention to stifle opposition.
It is unclear exactly what prompted the decision, which came after days of consultations within the ruling coalition, the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF).