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  • At Least 29 Demonstrators Wounded in Grenade Attack in Ambo Town

    By Staff Reporter

    Ambo-rallyFebruary 23, 2020 ( -- At least 29 demonstrators were wounded in a grenade attack on Sunday when they were heading to join the pro-Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed rally in Ambo town of Oromia regional state.

    The attack comes two days after Administrative and Security Affairs Head of Burayu town Solomon Tadesse was killed and three others wounded including police commander for special zones surrounding Addis Ababa city.

    The Oromo police again accused members of the rebel Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) called ‘Shene’ of hurling the device into a crowd of demonstrators who were riding horses to participate in the rally.

    Oromoia Police Commissioner-General Ararssa Merdassa said except one all victims who suffered minor injury returned home after receiving treatment in Ambo town. Some horses the demonstrat

  • Oromia Police Blames Rebel Forces for Recent Attack in Burayu Town

    By Staff Reporter

    Oromia-Police-CommissionFebruary 23, 2020 ( -- The Oromia Police Commission has accused members of the rebel Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) also known as “Shene” and another Oromo insurgent group called “Aba Torbe” for recent attack in Burayu town which left the town’s police commissioner dead and three other government officials wounded.

    In a statement it issued on Saturday, the Oromia Police Commission said 17 members of the “Shene’ and ‘Aba Torbe’ rebel groups have been apprehended so far on suspicion of coordinating and carrying out the attack.

    Police said the alleged attackers killed Solomon Tadesse, Administrative and Security Affairs Head of the Burayu town and wounded three others, including Tesfaye Dinku, Commander of the Liyu (special) police force

  • Pro-Prime Minister Abiy Rally Disrupted by Opponents in Awaday Town

    By Staff Reporter

    Awaday-Oromia-EthiopiaFebruary 21, 2020 ( -- Undisclosed numbers of people were injured amid clashes between supporters of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and opposition forces in Awaday town in west Harargae of Oromia region in eastern Ethiopia.

    Eyewitnesses told that the clashes began when members of anti-government forces disrupted the Pro-Prime Minister rally which was arranged by the town administration.

    The two antagonistic forces used stones, sticks, and knives to attack supporters of one another as the clashes continued for about an hour.

    According to the eyewitnesses, members of the town’s administration were mobilizing the residents door to door to participate in the Pro-Prime Minister rally.

    Even though members of the Liyu (special) police force swarmed the town to stop t

  • Determinants of Market Value: Part I

    By Abel Merawi

    Negadras-Gebrehiwot-BaykedagnFebruary 20, 2020 ( – On a typical day, it is usual to go to a shop and buy some goods. Perhaps, you wanted to buy some onions and the shopkeeper tells you the price is 20 birr per kilo. You ask why and you’re told that the market is going up these days. You are not satisfied with the response, but you still buy the onions since you need it. On another occasion, you wanted to buy a shirt and the salesperson says its 800 birr. As usual in Ethiopia, you try to bargain by offering 300 Birr and you finally end p buying it 500 Birr. Still, you can’t understand why you were asked to pay 800 Birr in the first place and you get angry a bit because you could have paid the exact price right away if you didn’t have to bargain. This is a daily routine for Ethiopians. You may feel frustra

  • Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Hints of Amnesty for Former Officials

    By Staff Reporter

    Abiy-Ahmed-TigrayFebruary 19, 2020 ( -- Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said the government would consider pardoning former officials and individuals who were allegedly involved in various offenses except for grand corruption. Shortly after Prime Minister assumed power, various officials were arrested accused of human rights violations and corruption, many of them associated with the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF).

    The premier’s remark comes after Dr. Abrham Belay, one of the Tigrayan members of the Prosperity Party, requested the government to drop cases of those Tigrayan suspects as part of an effort to promote reconciliation and forgiveness.

    “The detainees are from different ethnic groups of Ethiopia, and the Tigrayans make up the smallest number of them. It is unt

  • President Isaias Meddling in Ethiopian Affairs: Former Officials

    By Staff Reporter

    Seyoum-Mesfin-TPLFFebruary 17, 2020 ( -- Senior members of the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) said Eritrean president Issaias Afeworki is meddling in the internal affairs of Ethiopia.

    The former high-level Ethiopian government officials were speaking at a meeting on the 45th founding anniversary of the TPLF held in Axum city, an ancient city of Tigray in northern Ethiopia.

    In a recent briefing with Eritrean state-run TV, President Isaias Afwerki said that he was “worried about ethnic conflict in Ethiopia and announced plans to support Addis Ababa to resolve the political crisis.”

    President Isaias also said Eritrea will not be restricted to resolving just the border issues with Ethiopia and regain Badme town and other areas but will also support the ongoing reforms in

  • OFC, OLF Accuse the Oromia Government of Arresting Its Members

    By Staff Reporter

    OFC-OLFFebruary 15, 2020 ( -- The Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC) and the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) have accused the Oromia regional government of arresting hundreds of their members and supporters.

    “More than 350 of our members and supporters have been detained,” an OLF executive member Michael Boren said in a briefing on Friday.

    The mass arrest against our members and supporters continues in all Oromia zones but it is critical in towns surrounding Addis Ababa, Michael said.

    OLF blamed the Oromia police for detaining its members and supporters.

    Similarly, the OFC, the other Oromo political party claimed 27 of its members and supporters have been detained because of their political stand against the government.

    Tituneh Gemta, OFC executive member said “23 of our members and 4

  • Tigray Region Ready to Resolve Border Dispute with Eritrea: TPLF Chair

    By Staff Reporter  

    Debretsion-Badme-EritreaFebruary 13, 2020 ( -- The Chair of the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) Dr. Deberetsion Geberemichael said his administration is ready to resolve the border dispute with neighboring Eritrea based on international laws and relevant provisions.

    Briefing journalists in connection with the 45th founding anniversary of TPLF, Debretsion stressed the need for leaders of Tigray, Ethiopia, and Eritrea to come to a negotiating table to resolve the border issue and work for ensure real peace among their peoples.

    Debretsion who is also Deputy President of the Tigray state accused Addis Ababa of disrupting the peace process and failing to facilitate conditions to resolve Ethio-Eritrea border disputes.

    The deputy president’s remark comes after Eritrean President

  • I was Robbed of Two Million Birr, Says Senior Ethiopian Official

    By Staff Reporter

    Taye-Dendea-Prosperity-PartyFebruary 12, 2020 ( -- Taye Dendea, a senior Ethiopian official reported a robbery case of over two million birr and other belongings from his car in Bishoftu city, 45km southeast of the capital Addis Ababa.

    Speaking to the Media, Taye who is the spokesperson of the ruling Prosperity Party said the robbery occurred when he was having lunch at Bin International Hotel while his car was parked in the hotel.

    Taye claimed the alleged robbers opened the car with master key and stole the stated-sum of money and other properties.

    According to the senior official, the stolen money was supposed to be paid as per diem for government officials who were attending training on the guiding principle of the prosperity party in Bishoftu city.

    Taye said his laptop computer and two notebooks w

  • Ethiopian Government, OLF Shene to Hold Peace Talks: Official

    By Staff Reporter

    OLF-SheneFebruary 11, 2020 ( -- The Ethiopian government is set to hold peace talks with the rebel faction of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) otherwise called ‘Shene’ through the mediation of a third party, an Ethiopian official has said.

    Accordingly, the mediation team made up of members of Abba Gadaa and Mecha Tulema, the traditional democratic systems used by the Oromos, and scholars drawn from Wellega and Ambo universities. The group will leave for violence-hit western Ethiopia next Thursday, Oromia Communications Affairs Bureau Head Getachew Balcha told the VOA Amharic news.

    Getachew neither stated when the peace talks will begin nor if leaders of the rebel “Shene” has accepted and will take part in the planned negotiations.

    “A mediation team drawn from eight

  • Security in Western Ethiopia Improving: Deputy Chief of Staff

    By Staff Reporter

    Gen-Berhanu-JulaFebruary 22, 2020 ( -- Deputy Chief of staff of the Ethiopian Defense Forces Lt. General Berhanu Jula said the security situation in western Ethiopia is improving after significant members of the rebel forces were either killed or in run away.

    In a rare interview with the media, the Deputy Chief of staff told the BBC Amharic service that the Ethiopian army has conducted ‘special operations’ in west Oromia and managed to clear almost all areas from the insurgents.

    The government has been accusing members of the rebel Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), otherwise known as Shene, of killing, kidnapping and harassing innocent people and government officials in Qellem Wellega and surrounding areas in western Ethiopia.

     “Members of the rebel group have dwindled over time and rela

  • Burayu Administrative and Security Head Shot Dead

    By Staff Reporter

    Solomon-Tadesse-deadFebruary 21, 2020 ( -- The Administrative and Security Affairs Head of Burayu town, Solomon Tadesse, was shot dead by unidentified gunmen. The administrator was killed on Friday in the town of the Oromia regional state, about 12km west of Addis Ababa.

    Tesfaye Dinku, Commander of the Liyu (special) police force for special zones surrounding Addis Ababa city, who was with him, was wounded by the gunmen as well.

    It is not clear who carried out the attack and no suspect has been apprehended so far, Oromia regional communication bureau head Getachew Balcha has said.

    According to the communication head, the attack was carried out while the two police officials were having lunch together near the office of the town administration.

    The ruling party had been accusing the rebel Oromo

  • TPLF Chair Announces Intentions to Declare Independence if Campaign Against Tigray Persists

    By Staff Reporter

    Debretsion-TigrayFebruary 19, 2020 ( -- The Chairman of the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) Debretsion Geberemichael has expressed intentions of the Tigray regional state to become an independent nation if hate speeches against its people persist.

    In a speech he delivered in connection with the 45th anniversary of the TPLF foundation, Debretsion said: “You have to announce the Tigray region as an independent nation if foreign forces continue meddling in the affairs of Ethiopia and hatred against the Tigray region is not rectified." Debretsion said this to Members of the Federal Parliament of the Tigray region who were attending the 45th anniversary of the TPLF.

    The chairperson was speaking before tens of thousands of people in Mekelle stadium where no officials from the fed

  • OLF Accuses Government of Killing a Member; More Rallies Held to Support PM Abiy Ahmed

    By Staff Reporter

    OLF-EthiopiaFebruary 18, 2020 ( -- One person was killed and three others wounded in shooting by government forces against members of Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) in Boset district in east Shoa zone of Oromia regional state of Ethiopia.

    The attack occurred when members of Liyu (special) Police force opened gunfire against OLF members who were gathered to inaugurate the front’s branch office in Werji town of Boset district, about 130km east of Addis Ababa, eyewitnesses told

    “Armed police members arrived at OLF's new office by car then began shooting against the people standing there. After an extended exchange of gunfire one person named by Worku Fojera was killed and three others wounded, including Gemeda Bossie who is OLF representative in the town,” the eyewitnesses said.

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  • TPLF Accuses the Prosperity Party for Becoming Dictatorial

    By Staff Reporter

    TPLFFebruary 17, 2020 ( -- The Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) has accused the Prosperity Party (PP) of turning into an absolute dictatorial regime and committing a series of offenses against citizens.

    In a statement, the TPLF said that the government has infringed on democratic activities and narrowed the political space by detaining journalists and members of different political parties.

    “The past 27 years were not 'bad times' as claimed by our enemies. Rather, the people of Ethiopia enjoyed peace, democracy, and development during those times.” the statement noted

    The statement further noted that the country is at a crossroads where the constitution, rule of law and federal system has been violated while the peaceful lives of people and their unity are eroded

  • Ethiopia Approves Controversial Law on Hate Speech and Disinformation

    By Staff Reporter

    Parliament-EthiopiaFebruary 13, 2020 ( -- The Ethiopian parliament on Thursday approved one of the most controversial bills on hate speech and disinformation amid growing concerns from media, civil societies, and world human rights bodies on the effectiveness of the law.

    The new law prohibits the dissemination of fake news on electronic, print or social media using text, image, audio, and video that incite violence, promote hatred and discrimination against a person or a group.

    Human Rights Watch (HRW) late last year cautioned that the law would restrict freedom of expression and serve as another tool for repression

    In a couple of discussions with legislatures, journalists also raised concerns about the draft law and described it as “unconstitutional.”

    It must be

  • GERD Talks Miss Target; Ethiopia Under Pressure: Official

    By Staff Reporter

    GERD-talksFebruary 13, 2020 ( -- The latest talks on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) in Washington DC did are going well as the United States and World Bank are pressuring Ethiopia to negotiate on the share of the Nile water against the planned discussion issues, an Ethiopian official has disclosed.

    The official who is a member of the Ethiopian delegation in Washington DC told local media on condition of anonymity that the negotiations are close to deadlock after the tripartite discussion missed its track as Egypt, Sudan, United States, and World Bank diverted the negotiations points to the Nile water share.

    The official described this round of GERD talks as “disaster” because it was taking place 1 to 4 wherein Ethiopia stands on the one side and Egypt, Sudan, the US a

  • Pro-PM Abiy Ahmed Demonstrations Staged in Jimma City, Agaro Town

    By Staff Reporter

    Jimma-DemoFebruary 12, 2020 ( -- Thousands of people staged large demonstrations in Jimma and Agaro towns of Oromia region of southwestern Ethiopia to show solidarity with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and the ruling Prosperity Party (PP).

    According to local people sources, the peaceful demonstrations came ahead of planned meeting by the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC) with its members and supporters in Jimma city.

    OFC’s planned meeting which was supposed to be held on Tuesday in Jimma stadium was banned by the city administration, Umer Tahir, an OFC official has complained.

    It is not confirmed if the Pro-Prime Minister demonstration has got permission from the city administration. The premier is believed to have established strong support in Jimma and Agaro cities where he attended his junior and secondary scho

  • Eritrean President Blames TPLF for Unsettled Border Issue, Instability in Ethiopia

    By Staff Reporter

    Isaias-interview-02.2020February 9, 2020 ( -- Eritrean President Isaias Afeworki has accused the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) for creating hurdles to resolve the unsettled border issue with neighboring Ethiopia. Calling the TPLF the “failed political group” in Tigray, he blamed the organization for implementing the peace plan.

    Isaias was referring to the disputed lands in Badme town and surrounding areas that are currently administered by the Tigray state of Ethiopia.

    “The situations in the disputed Badme town and surrounding areas have become worse, particularly after the diplomatic relations between Ethiopia and Eritrea were restored in mid-2018,” said the Eritrean President in an interview with Eritrea TV.

    In mid-2018, Ethiopia accepted a 2000 peace agreement with Er

  • Ethiopia Delays Signing of Final Agreement on GERD: Ethiopian Minister

    By Staff Reporter

    GERD-talksFebruary 6, 2020 ( -- Ethiopian Minister of Water, Irrigation, and Energy Dr. Engineer Sileshi Bekele said Ethiopia has delayed the final agreement it was supposed to sign with Egypt and Sudan on filling and operations of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

    Briefing journalists on Wednesday, Sileshi said Ethiopia successfully negotiated the technical issues but it needs the legal aspects of the GERD talks amended and hence it wanted the agreement to be delayed.

    In a recent address to the parliament, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said the negotiation between Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan did not get signed last week because he ordered the Ethiopian negotiating team not to do so.

    Sileshi said the three countries dealt with four major documents on which they sorted out majo

  • Three People Dead in Clashes Between Police and Ethiopian Orthodox Christians

    By Staff Reporter

    Christian-deathFebruary 5, 2020 ( -- Three people died and 17 others wounded amid clashes between security forces and members of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church over ownership issue of a plot of land in Addis Ababa.

    The clashes occurred at a place called 22 Mazoria at midnight on Tuesday around 12:30 PM when members of the federal Liyu (special) police attempted to demolish a small church built on a disputed plot of land which the Orthodox Church claimed ownership.

    In a press briefing on Wednesday, Takele Uma, the Deputy Mayor of the Addis Ababa city administration said the action of the police force to try to demolish the church at midnight is unacceptable and was done without the knowledge his administration and that of the Church.

    According to the mayor, the land was held illegally and seven people, includin

  • Conspiracy Politics Poses Greatest Challenge to Our Sovereignty: PM Abiy

    By Staff Reporter

    Abiy-Ahmed-HPRFebruary 4, 2020 ( -- Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said Ethiopia has faced the greatest challenge ever due to the ongoing conspiracy politics in the country and the unfolding planned terror attacks.

    Responding to questions of MPs on Monday, Abiy blamed advocates of conspiracy politics for the unfolding lawlessness occurring in different parts of the country.

    He said the conspiracy politics remains to be a big challenge for the government to maintain the rule of law until institutions capable of deterring those plots are established.

    The Prime Minister did not elaborate on what reports he found to be conspiracy theories, or whether he meant Ethiopians should not ask about major events happening in the country.

    The Prime Minister said the government has managed to thwart various terror thr

  • Addis Ababa Police Bans Planned Protests Over Abducted University Students

    By Staff Reporter

    Gondar-rally-abductedFebruary 2, 2020 ( -- Addis Ababa police have banned planned demonstrations set to denounce the inability of the central government to rescue abducted students from Dembi Dolo University in western Ethiopia. More than 19 university students were abducted at gunpoint in Oromia state in early December 2019. At least 14 of them are girls.

    The government has tightened security at Maskel square where the demonstration was supposed to take place and other parts of the capital.

    Police also denied access to hundreds of people who conduct physical exercises regularly at Meskel square.

    The police who dressed in white uniforms around major streets of the city but concentrated at Meskel square. It is unknown why the government felt it was necessary to have non-uniformed armed people on the stre

  • Hundreds of Residents Displaced due to Fighting in Western Ethiopia

    By Staff Reporter

    Eth-defense-OLF-SheneFebruary 1, 2020 ( -- Hundreds of families who were living in Qelem Wellega zone in the Oromia region of western Ethiopia have been displaced fleeing the fighting going on between the Ethiopian defense forces and the rebel wing of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF).

    The residents were subjected to forced displacement to Gambella and other neighboring towns after many people were killed or injured amid an exchange of gunfire between the two fighting forces, eyewitnesses told on condition of anonymity.

    According to the eyewitnesses, the residents were also attacked when the rebel group known as “Shene” hit government institutions by hand grenades and by random firing that follow the attempt to kill or apprehend members of the rebel forces.

    The rebel force has been

  • TPLF Deputy Chair Assumes New Post, Dismisses PP Claims

    By Staff Reporter

    Fetlework-GebregziabherJanuary 30, 2020 ( -- The council of the Tigray regional state has endorsed the appointment of Fetelework Gebreegziabher as Justice and Good Governance Cluster Head with the rank of deputy president of the regional government. Fetelework Gebreegziabher, also known as Monjorino, is the Deputy Chair of the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF).

    Last week, Fetelework was sacked as Minister of Trade and Industry and cabinet member of the federal government on alleged poor performance and insubordination, according to a statement from the ruling Prosperity Party. She also served as organizational affairs head of the now-defunct Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF).

    In its 5th tenure and 18th regular session, the council also approve

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  • Ethiopian Government Unresponsive to Student Requests to Return Home from Wuhan: Parents

    By Staff Reporter

    Wuhan-CoronavirusFebruary 20, 2020 ( -- The Ethiopian government has remained unresponsive to calls for help by more than 300 Ethiopian students who requested to come home from Wuhan city of China which is the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, the students’ parents have said

    The Ethiopian Ambassador to China, Teshome Toga, told VOA Amharic Service that there is no new development from the government side to bring the students back home, but it approved a $200 financial support for each student to cover their meal and other expenses.

    “We had a discussion with members of the Ethiopian Students Union in Wuhan and agreed to focus on prevention considering the circumstances in the city. We are now depositing the money in their bank accounts,” Teshome said.

    Teshome did not comment why the Ethiopian government has failed to repatriate the s

  • Ethiopia Says Final GERD Talks Ended in Deadlock

    By Staff Reporter

    GERD-meeting-DCFebruary 14, 2020 ( -- Ethiopia has said the final US-mediated talks with Egypt and Sudan over the filling and operations of a $5bn hydro-power dam that it is constructing on the Nile river have ended in deadlock. Ethiopian officials blamed other negotiating parties, the US and World Bank for the impasse.

    Ethiopian Ambassador to the United States Fitsum Arega tweeted on Friday that the two-day negotiations held on February 12 and 13, 2020, in Washington DC ended without agreement.

    Even though Fitsum did not details as to why the negotiations ended without an agreement, a member of the Ethiopian delegation in Washington DC on condition of anonymity said the tripartite discussion had missed its track as Egypt, Sudan, United States, and the World Bank diverted the negotiations to Nile water share.

    The official described this round of GERD talks

  • Your life Matters Too

    By Abel Merawi

    IndividualFebruary 14, 2020 ( -- Take a moment to imagine your most precious achievement in life. Would you be willing to sacrifice it so that the crowd may use it as they please? Under the banner of altruism, each individual is asked to give up the fruit of one’s self to benefit the mass. You might think that this can only happen under socialism and communism. This would have been true if the only way to make you do it is through physical force, as happened during the Derg reign. You must know that there are ways to achieve the same goal without force as well, with your consent. For example, whenever politicians tell you that it is your ethnic or national duty to sacrifice yourself for your people, they are making a collective demand at the expense of your life and everything you hold dear. Whenever religious leaders make you feel guilty of your personal achievements and ask you to give i

  • Ethiopian Students Request Help Getting Out of Wuhan City in China

    By Staff Reporter

    CoronaVirusFebruary 7, 2020 ( -- Ethiopian students in Wuhan city, which is the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in China, have requested the Ethiopian government to help them come home. Wuhan is the sprawling capital of Central China’s Hubei province.

    In the questionnaire dispatched to them, out of the over 300 Ethiopian students currently in Wuhan city, 95 percent of them wanted to return home, the Ethiopian Students Union in Wuhan has said.

    The students’ request comes after neighboring Kenya announced preparation to evacuate its citizens from China, where the Coronavirus outbreak has claimed over 400 people.

    The Union’s president Zahara Abdulahi said out of the 95 percent of students who wanted to come home, 41 percent of them would like the government to cover their return fares while the remaining want the government only to facilitat

  • Ethiopia Quarantines Coronavirus Suspects in Addis Ababa

    By Staff Reporter

    Liya-TadesseJanuary 28, 2020 ( -- Four Ethiopians have been quarantined at Addis Ababa Bole international airport on suspicions of contracting the coronavirus, Ethiopian health authorities have said

    In a joint press conference by the Ethiopian Ministry of Health and Public Health Institute, State Minister of Health Dr. Liya Tadesse said three of the suspects have traveled to Addis Ababa from Wuhan city of China where the virus first appeared.

    So far more than 21,000 travelers have been checked against the Corona Virus using the thermal screening at Addis Ababa International Airport with a special focus on passengers who departed from China and other countries with reported cases of the virus.

    One of the suspects was isolated due to high body temperature at the airport. The second suspect was quarantined after he was referred from a private clinic. He coughs now

  • Flashpoint on the Nile: Egypt Destabilizing Ethiopia

    By Dr. Aklog Birara

    Egypt-EthiopiaJanuary 21, 2020 ( -- A flashpoint in current diplomatic relations in Africa today that can potentially lead to war is Egypt’s continued assertion that it will continue to exercise its hegemony over the Nile.

    Historically, Egypt’s relations with Ethiopia have been characterized by mutual mistrust and suspicion. The core policy issue behind this intractable problem is Egypt’s belief that its hegemony over Nile waters is dependent on Ethiopia’s internal ethnic and religious divisions, it's continued socioeconomic, technological, national security and defense backwardness; and its adversarial relations with its neighbors, especially Eritrea and the rest of the Horn.

    The Islamist regime led by Mohammed Morsi echoed Egyptian anxieties and mistrust of Ethiopia, called on Egyptians to prepare for war against Ethiopia; a

  • Why Egypt is Winning on the Diplomatic Front

    By Dr. Aklog Birara

    GERD-Egypt-winningJanuary 17, 2020 ( -- Ethiopia began the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), a monumental project estimated to cost $4 billion in 2011, with fanfare and ceremony. I welcomed this initiative that was conceived by Emperor Haile Selassie but made virtually unattainable because of Egyptian rigidity and the prevailing diplomatic conditions at the time.

    I continue to contend that Ethiopia serves as the origin of 90 percent of Nile waters and has a legitimate right not only to finish the GERD for electric power generation; but also, to construct other dams for irrigation. Egypt’s colonial position of “historical and natural rights” over the Abbay River and other tributaries of the Nile is no longer a winning proposition.

    In my considered opinion, Egypt and its allies are trying to undermine Ethiopia’s development objectives by bolsterin

  • GERD Talks Fail Due to New Demands from Egypt

    By Staff Reporter

    GERD-meeting-Addis-AbabaJanuary 10, 2020 ( -- Ethiopia said the latest talks with Sudan and Egypt over the filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project on the Nile River ended without agreement due to Egypt’s new demands.

    Briefing journalists on the outcome of the latest talks held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopian Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy Dr. Sileshi Bekele said the discussion ended without agreement as Egypt came up with a new proposal suggesting that the dam filling period shall be between 12 and 21 years.

    “Egypt has presented an ‘unfair’ proposal requiring Ethiopia to fill the dam in up to 21 years, which Ethiopia unconditionally rejected,” he said

    In their latest negotiations in Khartoum, the three countries had reached an agreement on the dam’s fill

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