Ethiopian opposition leader Birtukan Mideksa freed

Birtukan Mideksa
irtukan Mideksa is one of Ethiopia's most prominent and popular opposition leaders

Ethiopian opposition leader Birtukan Mideksa has been freed from jail.

Her release comes four months after the government’s landslide win in elections.

She was one of several opposition leaders imprisoned for life after the 2005 poll. They were later pardoned, but Ms Birtukan was rearrested for violating the terms of her release.

The BBC’s Uduak Amimo in Addis Ababa says hundreds of Birtukan’s supporters have gathered at her home to welcome her.

They have been burning traditional incense and began cheering and singing when they saw her, she says.

Ms Birtukan is a former judge

Ms Birtukan is a former judge and was one of the younger and more charismatic leaders of the coalition that did well against the ruling party in the 2005 elections.

Meles Zenawi was sworn in for his fourth five-year term as prime minister on Monday, following his party’s overwhelming victory in May.

But European Union and US observers said the polls fell short of international standards.

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