Sunday, January 07, 2007

Haile in the News

Haile in the news? "What's news about that?" you say, "he is always in the news." Well, this time he is not in the news for running... or organizing a race, or acting, or any of the things he has done in the past. Haile is in the news for politics! Yes, that dirty eight letter word, politics.

You think he read Roocha's earlier post on Running for Office?? Fat chance. Anyway, Haile (killer name for a politician!) apparently has been supplementing his recovery activity from Fukuoka Marathon with some under-the-radar political mediation. Some of the Ethiopian online news outlets and blogs such as Ethiopian Media Forum and Seminawork are reporting that Haile Gebrselassie and Dr. Ephraim Issac have been mediating secret talks between the Ethiopian Prime Minister and jailed opposition leaders.

Haile has been appointed a UN Ambassador in the past, but I believe this is his first direct contact with the rough and tumble "sport" of Ethiopian politics. Haile deserves admiration by his fellow citizens for being willing to risk his name and reputation in an attempt to solve the current political impasse in Ethiopia. Great job, Haile, and best wishes!

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