Ethiopia head defends crackdown

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has defended a security crackdown which saw 26 protesters shot dead in the country’s capital, Addis Ababa.

Speaking to the Reuters news agency, Mr Meles said he regretted the loss of life but added “things were beginning to get out of control”.

“It was prudent to stop this with forceful action,” he said. Mr Meles spoke as rival parties signed a deal backing a call for a probe into claims of fraud in recent elections. A week of protests against claims of electoral fraud ended in bloodshed on Wednesday. Full Story

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