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Africa '05 - Meles Zenawi
Can Prime Minister Meles Zenawi maintain stability in Ethiopia until the election results are announced?

In a HARDtalk interview on July 4th, Stephen Sackur talks to Ethiopia's Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi.

As world leaders gather in Scotland for the G8 meeting in Gleneagles, Africa will be the main issue on the agenda.

This week Hardtalk travels to the Africa where Stephen Sackur will be talking to people whose responsibility it is to improve the lives of Africans across the whole continent.

He starts in Ethiopia. It's one of the poorest countries in the world, but in recent years Western leaders have seen it as a beacon of hope - a country trying to drag itself out of desperate poverty with good governance.

But recent events have prompted grave doubts. The results of May's parliamentary elections still haven't been officially announced and the opposition is crying foul.

Anti-government protestors were shot dead by riot police and now many Ethiopians fear for their country's future.

Stephen Sackur asks Prime Minister Meles Zenawi why a state of emergency has been declared and whether it will prevent more bloodshed.

HARDtalk can be seen on BBC World at 03:30 GMT, 0830 GMT, 1530 GMT, 1830 GMT, 2330 GMT

It can also be seen on BBC News 24 at 04:30 and 23:30

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