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Kin of opposition leaders charged in coup plot

Relatives of two prominent exiled Ethiopian politicians are among 35 people jailed in connection with an alleged plot to overthrow Prime Minister Meles Zenawi’s government. Ethiopians shocked by news of the arrests are scrambling to learn the identities of the accused plotters and details of their alleged crimes.Ethiopian officials say they had nothing to add to a statement issued Saturday announcing the arrest of 35 alleged members of Ginbot Seven, an opposition group based outside the country.

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  1. Enku
    April 28, 2009 at 4:59 am

    Engdih mircha meta. Yet engiba

  2. G
    April 28, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Coup plot to overthrow Prime Minister Meles Zenawi’s government?

    It’s about time! I mean long overdue!

  3. April 28, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    I wonder who the idiots were planning to replace Meles Zenawi with.

  4. ETENU
    April 29, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    I do wonder who this idiot’s are too. You can’t throw a sitting government sitting in Virginia, eating your Kitfo and drinking your beer. We are going to have election and Meles has promised to step down, let us practice democracy for once in the history of Ethiopia. Berhanu Nega needs to prepare in a democratic manner, this is not time to function as former EPRP member. Berhanu needs to confront his opponents by showing his accomplishments and his courage to lead a nationas a candidate fit to rule and fit to win the upcoming election. BERHANU, are you that much scared of Meles ??, coup plot will result in massive blood shed and Ethiopians have had it. Who are your advisors. Go and run your fathers hotels and be a good Gurage business man, you just lost my vote.

  5. wey gud
    April 30, 2009 at 8:18 am

    “We are going to have election and Meles has promised to step down”
    Wow. what a remark Etenu.
    Do you know the song
    “Be helme new be wene weys be televison?”

  6. Please
    April 30, 2009 at 9:27 am

    No,no. Meles owns Ethiopia.Itsn’t because he loves power or money.
    He hates all this.He just wants to save it. 20 years isn’t enough. He needs another 20 years.
    cant you see without him Ethiopia can’t exist.It will disntigrate.
    why? there is no intelegent person like him.
    He is appointed from God to save Ethiopia from all the diaster that is coming.Please leave him alone.
    the birnahus and Hailu shawel, mesfaen woldemanrma want to dsertoy Ethiopia.

  7. Bekele
    April 30, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    The coup plot seems one of those milllion fictions by woyanne.
    But whether true or not, it tells a lot about the state they are in.They are panicking and are taking a desperate measure on whoever they think is coming agianst them.

  8. ETENU
    April 30, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Believe it or not, coup d’etat is not the a way to bring Democracy. Meles will definitely step down, the sad part is a day after he steps down if we don’t prepare capable leaders the country might be Rwanda. Let us pray God send us a leader who will unite us and build our country. The power is not in the hand of Meles, it is us,the people who can make him step down. We just witnessed the power of people like you and me bringing the Republican party down. YES WE CAN WITHOUT BLOOD SHED, believe in yourself WEY GUD, my fellow Ethiopian.

    • Ray
      April 30, 2009 at 11:02 pm

      I LOVE YOU , Etenesha

  9. Wendu
    April 30, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Hahahaha!

    ETENU, you are a basket case…my response won’t help you; professional help might.

  10. Mike
    April 30, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    One thing about dicators is they do thier utmost to let ther subjects beleve that the fate of the country soley depends on them.
    if they go, the whole county will diasppear.
    Haile Sellasie did that. It seems that is one wisdom that Meles has taken from the old man.
    The truth is the Ethiopia will be better off without him than with him.

  11. ETENU
    April 30, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    Find me one good leader who is ready to lead. Hailu Shawel, no way, he is too old, and corrupt. Berhanu former EPRP will come with a socialist agenda and he is not fit. The rest I don’t want to mention names.They are no better than Meles, infact, Meles is way better than any of them. I strongly believe Meles will step down, even if he doesn’t we are better off with him than any of the bastards who conducted a failed coup d’etat. I love my country and I don’t want to see blood shed. I have lost loved ones during the Red Terror. No more blood shed, peaceful transition.

  12. wayne
    April 30, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    Coup! it is all joke and seems a set up by the ruling party. They might threaten the people would vote against them in the upcoming election.I feel pity for those who went to serve in jail especially for General Terefe.

  13. April 30, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    I see the whole thing as a big drama, written and directed from Art Kilo palace. TPLF is using this to arrest and intimidate any opposition members (who think or act like opposition members).

  14. Ray
    April 30, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    I love you Etenu

  15. Sol
    May 1, 2009 at 7:27 am

    The likes of etenu are so cut off from their country they have to make uninformed tittle-tattle which is far from reality.
    For one thing the coup plot that she is speaking matter of factly was just a claim by the government which wasn’t substantiated by another other source.
    Had you been in Ethiopia, you could been able to read the weekly newspaper Negrdras that carried today how the coup plot has become implausible (Eteamni) not only for the general public bit also for members of the army.
    The general who were interviewed anonymously all said they couldn’t’ buy the claim Dr. Berhanu was involved in coup plot.
    To know how ignorant etenu is see her comparison between American election and Ethiopia election.
    The republics stepped down in a bloodless election. Oh my!
    Next time fiend a comparison with Kenya, Zimbabwe, which have now all accommodated opposition parties.
    Etenu, I know you are concerned about you country. You are not soft on the head. What you are lacking is information. Call people home and gather and ask what is on the ground!

  16. ETENU
    May 1, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    Sol, I am not misinformed, you missed my point, let us think positive. Let us not aggravate Meles, let us not let him behave like Muguabe of Zimbabue. You also have to see what Meles has accomplished, no leader is perfect. Let us bring our problem to a table discussion, accusing each other and condemning each other will lead to destruction. We have to let Meles know he is leading us towards destruction. We want peace, prosperity for our people, our people are suffering, I very well know that and I do my best to help. Berhanu and others can’t sit in America like most of us in comfort and expect for miracles to happen or plot a coup.Berhanu and the rest has to go back and demand justice, peaceful election, and if the people of Ethiopia vote for them so be it. I am not comparing USA to Ethiopia, I am letting you know the power of the people. United we stand and we can defeat, divided we fall. Love and respect to you my brother or sister.

  17. SM
    May 2, 2009 at 12:55 am

    Etenu,
    You have said enough in defense of the current regime. We have heard you loud and clear; please say no more. You want to sound impartial but you just could not sustain it. You need to be robbed of an election and be sent to jail for two years before you could empathise with Berhanu and persons like him or why these chose to stay abroad. Your acceptance as fact of managing a coup from a college in the US shows you are the type that could not separate fact from fiction.

  18. ETENU
    May 2, 2009 at 1:44 am

    Thank you SM. A total misunderstanding. We should agree to disagree. I accept my sentence of two years, but don’t rob me my voting right. No more comments will be heard from me.

  19. Girum
    May 3, 2009 at 3:02 am

    Even if the so called Ginbot 7 hasn’t been involved in the case, this might be a good chance for them. I mean, we are starting to wonder.. were this guys this serious? Does EPRDF give such a damn for them?
    If they could use the moment effectively, this might be their shot to get some attention. I think this was a bad move for the government.

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