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  • The Latter from Balderas Regarding the safety of Eskinder Nega

    Regarding the safety of Eskinder Nega, the 2013 Addis Ababa City Council candidate!

    It is known that Eskinder Nega, the leader of Balderas for true democracy and the 2013 Addis Ababa City Council candidate, is in your prison. It is known that this party leader has recently been nominated by the Supreme Court for the 2013 Cassation Hearing. 


    However, candidate Eskinder Nega has repeatedly stated that his life, psychology, and health are currently in danger.


    Since Eskinder Nega, is a popular candidate and a high-ranking political leader, we would like to ask that the prison administration Consider, and be held accountable for any physical or psychological harm caused to him.


    In this regard, we strongly urge that both candidates be addressed as a matter of urgency, as Ms. Keleb Seyoum is also expressing serious security concerns. 


    We also request that the institutions we have notified of the problem be aware of the situation and take appropriate action.


    With Best Regards.



    To the Prime Minister's Office

    To the Ethiopian Electoral Board

    To Ethiopian Human Rights Commission

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  • Ethiopians Athlete Deksisa and Gobena Win in Mumbai marathon

    Solomon Deksisa arrived here as a firm favorite for the Tata Mumbai Marathon, stamped his authority, and became only the second Ethiopian to win the men’s title, staving off a spirited challenge from compatriot Shumet Akalnaw and Kenyan Joshua Kipkorir.

    The 23-year-old Ethiopian clocked 2:09:34s, 3:12s off his personal best achieved as a runner-up at the Rotterdam marathon two years ago.

    But Deksisa had enough reasons to celebrate; it was his first title in six races.

    Amane Gobena made it a memorable day for the Ethiopians, winning the women’s title.




    Deksisa may be a far cry from the likes of the legendary Abebe Bikila, who ran barefoot, and the magnificent long-distance runner Haile Gebrselassie, but he was the cynosure of all eyes once the Elite runners crossed the red-line start near about the CSMT.

    The three podium finishers censured the pacesetters — Kenyan Jacob Kendagor, Ugandan Ezekiel, and South African Xolisa Tyali — for not being up to the mark and also pointed out instances of amateur runners straying from their path and proving to be a hindrance.

    But, on an eventful Sunday when the temperature hit its peak in the morning hours, Deksisa was all by himself from the 35km mark, shrugging off a gallant attempt by the 29-year-old Akalnaw on the return Marine Drive stretch.


    With the field comprising runners with excellent credentials to bring down Kenyan Gideon Kipketer’s course record of 2:08:35s set in January 2016, there was much suspense as Deksisa looked at his watch, took a few swigs from the water bottle, and began his final kick on the concrete surface across the Arabian sea, some 2km from the finish.

    But, he gave up with happy thoughts of going to win his maiden marathon and keeping track of the immediate challenger, Akalnaw.

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