From: Biniam Haile \(SWE\) (email@example.com)
Date: Sat May 30 2009 - 08:14:24 EDT
Meles Zenawi is purging ambassadors
Written on Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 at 2:41 pm by ethioforum
EMF (26 May 2009) Ethiopia's ruling dictator, Meles Zenawi has recalled
at least 10 ambassadors back from all continents - almost all ethnic
Amharas, in a move to purge and replace them with unqualified loyal
cadres, sources said.
The foreign minister has already recalled its ambassadors from USA,
Germany, Italy, Greece, Australia, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and
Zimbabwe. More diplomats are expected to be recalled, according to
Analysts say this is yet another bold move by the ever panicked regime
to take vengeance on some ambassadors who are supposed to be critical to
the increasingly worsening human right abuses being perpetrated by the
regime. According to sources close to foreign minister, the government
suspects some ambassadors to be involved in opposition Ginbot 7
movement, for openly expressing their complaints on the recent arrests.
Whether the diplomats will accept the recall is not yet known, but
Ambassador Samuel Assefa of USA is caught in Addis, as he went to attend
the funeral servce of his mother, the late Sindu Gebru.
In the last three years alone, close to 80% of diplomatic staff members
had decided to leave their jobs due to discrimination, harassments and
persecutions. Ethiopia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs is run by Seyoum
Mesfin, the longest serving Minister of Foreign Affairs in the world. He
has never been seen promoting the national interest of the country.