African Union Celebrates Release of Political Prisoners in Ethiopia

African Union (AU), Moussa Faki Mahamat

The President of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Moussa Faki Mahamat, today celebrated the announcement made by Ethiopia to pardon or suspend the ongoing judicial cases of members of political parties and other people.

From the headquarters of the organization, Faki Mahamat praised the Ethiopian authorities for this important and far-sighted decision, and for their commitment to foster national consensus and expand the democratic space.

The measure, announced the day before by the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, also implies the closure of the detention center of Maekelawi, accused of holding illegal interrogations and practicing torture.

Faki Mahamat emphasizes that the measures initiated by Desalegn will help create an enabling environment for the search and consolidation of the impressive socio-economic achievements of Ethiopia over the last decade.

These steps will also improve the stability of the country, which is very important for the region and for Africa in general, the official said in a statement released by the AU.

The president of the Commission also appealed to all Ethiopians, regardless of their political affiliations, to adopt and maintain the spirit of forgiveness and unity in the interest of their country.



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