On Thursday, the attorney general’s office published a list of 746 inmates for pardon, including the journalist Eskinder Nega and the opposition politician Andualem Arage.
The names of the prisoners have been forwarded to President Mulatu Teshome, who has the power to grant their freedom, the state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporation said.
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