Ethiopia frees opposition leader

2010-10-06 11:47

Addis Ababa - Ethiopian officials have released an opposition leader who had been jailed for life.

An Associated Press reporter saw Birtukan Medeksa arrive at her Addis Ababa home on Wednesday morning. She had been jailed for violating the terms of a pardon agreement. She and other opposition politicians had signed the agreement to obtain their release after being tried for treason in the aftermath of the contentious 2005 elections.

Birtukan's release comes just days after the swearing in of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi for his fourth five-year term. Meles seized control of the Horn of Africa country in a 1991 coup.

The prime minister's party won an overwhelming victory in May 2010 elections knocking out many seasoned opposition legislatures who had represented Birtukan's party.