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Ethiopia: Hailemariam Desalenge meet colonel Mengistu Hailemariam in Zimbabwe

 

Ethiopian’s former prime minister, Hailemariam Desalenge, led African Union mission to Zimbabwe, which was invited by the government of the country, to observe the first election since Zimbabwe’s longtime leader, Robert Mugabe, was forced out of power in a friendly coup de’ tat in November 2017.

On the sideline of his mission, he met with Ethiopia’s former leader Colonel Mengistu Hailemariam which took many Ethiopians in social media by surprise.

A photo of Hailemariam Desalegne smiling while posing for a picture with Ethiopia’s revolutionary leader Mengistu is widely shared on twitter and facebook.

The two former leaders reporedly had discussion but the topics they covered and contents of it are not known to the public yet.

The only thing Hailemariam Desalgne said, in his facebook update today, was :

“I met former president of Ethiopia, colonel Mengistu Hailemariam. I wish to see more former heads of government and state in my country contributing their parts in different capacity after peaceful transition of political power.”

Ethiopians are speculating that perhaps the government of Abiy Ahmed, whose governance principle tends to emphasize pacificism and conflict resolution, is intending to allow the former leader to return to Ethiopia. Last month, Kassa Kebede, one of the top officials of Colonel Mengistu Haile Mariam’s government, was offered a warm reception in Addis Ababa as he returned after 27 years in exile. He even held discussions with prime minister Abiy Ahmed and other senior government officials in the capital and outside of the capital.

Based on the picture that is circulating in social media, Colonel Mengistu looked great for his age. He was only 33 years old when he took over power following Ethiopia’s revolution that toppled Emperor Haileselassie in 1974.

Colonel Mengistu has been living in Zimbabwe for more than 27 years now as a guest of the government of Zimbabwe.

Under colonel Mengistu’s administration, Ethiopia supported Zimbabwe, militarily or otherwise, in its struggle to win independence from its former colonial master, United Kingdom.

 

Ethiopia’s prime minister, Abiy Ahmed has started a two day state visit to Uganda, from where he will had to Egypt for talks that will include the Nile Basin dynamics, regional security and trade. Abiy, who was received by president Yoweri Museveni, will preside over Uganda’s National Heroes’ Day celebrations on Saturday. The government of Uganda earlier this week announced that he will be honored with the Most Excellent Order of the Pearl of Africa – The Grand Master medal, the highest honor for a head of state. Authorities in Uganda said bilateral trade between the two countries stands at $1 million, and the two leaders will be seeking ways to enhance bilateral cooperation frameworks. displayAdvert("mpu_3") The two leaders will discuss enhancement of bilateral cooperation frameworks btn the two countries among other things. Bilateral trade between the two countries is at $1m (about Sh3.6b) #EthiopiaPmStateVisit— State House Uganda (@StateHouseUg) June 8, 2018 Abiy to visit ‘dam-wary’ Egypt Abiy will then head to Cairo where he is expected to meet president Abdel Fatah el Sisi, and the two leaders will discuss the controversial Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam that has caused concern in Egypt. Abiy’s two legged visit out of Ethiopia" />
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Ethiopia: Hailemariam Desalenge meet colonel Mengistu Hailemariam in Zimbabwe

 

Ethiopian’s former prime minister, Hailemariam Desalenge, led African Union mission to Zimbabwe, which was invited by the government of the country, to observe the first election since Zimbabwe’s longtime leader, Robert Mugabe, was forced out of power in a friendly coup de’ tat in November 2017.

On the sideline of his mission, he met with Ethiopia’s former leader Colonel Mengistu Hailemariam which took many Ethiopians in social media by surprise.

A photo of Hailemariam Desalegne smiling while posing for a picture with Ethiopia’s revolutionary leader Mengistu is widely shared on twitter and facebook.

The two former leaders reporedly had discussion but the topics they covered and contents of it are not known to the public yet.

The only thing Hailemariam Desalgne said, in his facebook update today, was :

“I met former president of Ethiopia, colonel Mengistu Hailemariam. I wish to see more former heads of government and state in my country contributing their parts in different capacity after peaceful transition of political power.”

Ethiopians are speculating that perhaps the government of Abiy Ahmed, whose governance principle tends to emphasize pacificism and conflict resolution, is intending to allow the former leader to return to Ethiopia. Last month, Kassa Kebede, one of the top officials of Colonel Mengistu Haile Mariam’s government, was offered a warm reception in Addis Ababa as he returned after 27 years in exile. He even held discussions with prime minister Abiy Ahmed and other senior government officials in the capital and outside of the capital.

Based on the picture that is circulating in social media, Colonel Mengistu looked great for his age. He was only 33 years old when he took over power following Ethiopia’s revolution that toppled Emperor Haileselassie in 1974.

Colonel Mengistu has been living in Zimbabwe for more than 27 years now as a guest of the government of Zimbabwe.

Under colonel Mengistu’s administration, Ethiopia supported Zimbabwe, militarily or otherwise, in its struggle to win independence from its former colonial master, United Kingdom.

 

Ethiopia’s prime minister, Abiy Ahmed has started a two day state visit to Uganda, from where he will had to Egypt for talks that will include the Nile Basin dynamics, regional security and trade. Abiy, who was received by president Yoweri Museveni, will preside over Uganda’s National Heroes’ Day celebrations on Saturday. The government of Uganda earlier this week announced that he will be honored with the Most Excellent Order of the Pearl of Africa – The Grand Master medal, the highest honor for a head of state. Authorities in Uganda said bilateral trade between the two countries stands at $1 million, and the two leaders will be seeking ways to enhance bilateral cooperation frameworks. displayAdvert("mpu_3") The two leaders will discuss enhancement of bilateral cooperation frameworks btn the two countries among other things. Bilateral trade between the two countries is at $1m (about Sh3.6b) #EthiopiaPmStateVisit— State House Uganda (@StateHouseUg) June 8, 2018 Abiy to visit ‘dam-wary’ Egypt Abiy will then head to Cairo where he is expected to meet president Abdel Fatah el Sisi, and the two leaders will discuss the controversial Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam that has caused concern in Egypt. Abiy’s two legged visit out of Ethiopia
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