Clinton Warns African Leaders: Reform or Face Uprisings

Hilary clinton Arrival in Addis Ababa
June 14, 2011

“This wave of activism, which came to be known as the Arab Spring, has particular significance for leaders in Africa and elsewhere who hold on to power at all costs, who suppress dissent, who enrich themselves and their supporters at the expense of their own people,” she said.

“If you believe that the freedoms and opportunities that we speak about as universal should not be shared by your own people, men and women equally, or if you do not desire to help your own people work and live with dignity, you are on the wrong side of history, and time will prove that,” Clinton added pointedly.

Africa’s leaders might have good reason to follow her advice, as Clinton has a track record of being right about this.

In January, in a speech to Arab leaders at a conference in Qatar, Clinton warned that they must reform soon or watch progress “sink into sand.”

Just days later Tunisian strongman Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali became the first dictator to fall and Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak soon followed suit. Over the following months uprisings threatened to topple the rulers of Libya, Syria, Bahrain, Yemen, Morocco and elsewhere.


2 comments on “Clinton Warns African Leaders: Reform or Face Uprisings

  1. I hope Meles will take her advice very seriously. Hillary was so right for saying to the so called leaders of
    Africa whose main purpose of their life is to harass, intimidate, repress, and stifle any voice contrary to their
    own are in the wrong side of histry. Time has changed and they better be change.
    Think about it. Some of these leaders are in power for the last twenty and plus years, including our own of course. This same leaders don’t even blink their eyes when they say they are democratically elected
    leaders. If that is democracy, I just don’t know what democracy means yet, and I live in the United State.

  2. To MS selam,
    Why don’t U lounch Gurilla fighting in America like “Dr.” Birhanu nega so as to topple the the government of Meles?

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