No­to­ri­ous prison to be closed

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - AFRICA -

AD­DIS ABABA: Ethiopia’s govern­ment has or­dered the re­lease of all its po­lit­i­cal pris­on­ers and the clo­sure of its no­to­ri­ous Maekelawi prison camp.

The prison used to be home to sev­eral dozen high-pro­file fig­ures. Prime Min­ster Haile­mariam De­salegn is­sued the order this week as part of what he said was an ef­fort “to create a na­tional con­sen­sus and widen the demo­cratic space for all”.

He did not say when the re­leases would take place, nor did he spec­ify how many pris­on­ers would be af­fected. – DPA

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