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There are many reasons to believe in Prime Minister Hailemariam as long as he stands to be a man of himself and treat himself as one 

Tsedale Lemma


An opposition activist approached by this magazine to comment on the rise of Hailemariam Desalegn as Ethiopia’s Prime Minister concluded his remarks with the ancient Chinese curse of “May you live in interesting times.” He didn’t implicate the saying as bearing the meaning of a blessing – as it may seem to appear – rather he meant what he said. He saw no pleasure in the whole affair; like many dissidents the regime has created over the past 21 years believe, he believes the coming into power of Prime Minister Hailemariam as nothing but a futile attempt to dance different with the same song. There are thousands of Ethiopians in and outside of the country who share his views. They are entitled to their beliefs.

Mrs. Dlamini-Zuma may have been Ping’s bitter rival a few months ago, but she was not short of a courteous diplomatic thank you.



South Africa’s former Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has officially assumed the office of the AUC as the first chairwoman as of today Oct. 15th. She is also the first South African to lead the continent’s body.

The ceremony was attended by Hailemariam Desalegn, Prime Minister of Ethiopia and President Thomas Boni Yayi of Benin, who is the current AU chairman.