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Ethiopia Grants Clemency, Reduced Sentences to 263 Inmates

Ethiopia has granted pardons or reduced prison terms to 263 prisoners, including 11 who were facing death sentences.

The pardons are the first the country's government has granted in 50 years. President Girma Woldegiorgis announced them on Monday as part of the country's New Year celebrations.

The president said the prisoners were being rewarded for repenting and showing "good discipline" while in prison.

The Justice Ministry's Clemency Board says 237 of the inmates were given full pardons, while 26 others received reduced prison terms.

It said rapists and those convicted of corruption were not among those given clemency.

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.