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  • South Sudan President in Addis Ababa for Peace Talks with Opposition Leader

    South-Sudan-President-in-EthiopiaJune 20, 2018 - South Sudanese President Salva Kirr arrived in Addis Ababa today for peace talks with opposition leader Rick Machar, according to FBC report.
     
    The South Sudanese President was welcomed by Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed, according to Fitsum Arega, Chief of Staff at the Prime Minister office.

    Ethiopia will host both President Kirr and Rick Machar for the first time in two years to discuss peace and stability for the war torn country and one of Africa’s deadliest conflict.

  • National Bank of Ethiopia Gets New Governor

    Yinager-Dessie-NBE-GovernorJune 19, 2018 - As part of the financial reform of Ethiopia, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has appointed Dr Yinager Dessie as governor of the National Bank of Ethiopia (NBE), replacing Teklewold Atnafu.

    Prior to his current appointment, Dr Yinager served as Commissioner of the National Planning Commission of Ethiopia.

    Ethiopia is currently going through liquidity crisis. The government is believed to have depleted the countries currency reserves, forcing it to plan to partially sell national assets such Ethiopian Airlines and Ethio Telecom.

  • AEUP Denounces EPRDF Decision to Fully Accept Algiers Accord

    AEUP-EthiopiaJune 16, 2018 - The All Ethiopian Unity Party (AEUP) denounced the decision passed by the executive committee of the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) to fully implement the Algiers Agreement without any precondition. The party leadership stated the decision amounts to treason, according to the Reporter.

    This was disclosed in a press conference held on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at the headquarters of the party located around Tewodros Square off Churchill Avenue.

    According to the president of the party, Bezabeh Demisse (PhD), the decision that was passed earlier last week by the executive committee of the EPRDF is the third treason committed. He said: “27 years ago, the EPRDF made the country port-less without the consent of the people making it the first treason. Then they signed the Algiers Agreement that g

  • Ethiopia Facing Liquidity Crisis

    Abraham-Tekeste-Ethiopia-FinanceJune 10, 2018 - Ethiopia is said to be facing liquidity crisis due to decline of export earnings and weak tax revenue collection and foreign borrowing coming to a halt due to the country's external debt stress, the Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation (MoFEC) indicate according to the Reporter. The Minster of Finance, Dr. Abraham Tekeste, disclosed this to the House of Peoples’ Representatives (HPR) on Thursday.

    According to the report, the country's trade balance continues to exhibit a large gap. Last fiscal year, the trade balance showed a USD 13 billion deficit. The country's external debt excluding borrowings by the State-Owned Enterprises has reached USD 24.7 billion as of this Ethiopian fiscal year. 

    The situations led the government to publi

  • Ethiopian Airlines Takes Delivery of 100th Aircraft

    Ethiopian-airlines-100thJune 6, 2018 - Ethiopian Airlines has taken delivery of its 100th aircraft, Boeing 787 Dreamliner on June 6, 2018, once again leading the way in fleet expansion and modernization in Africa, according to communique sent by the company.

    As part of Ethiopian Corporate Social Responsibility commitments, the new aircraft has ferried medical equipment from the Seattle-based NGO, Direct Relief, to St Paulos Hospital in Addis Ababa. The shipment includes surgical stools and other medical supplies to be used for both teaching and patient care.

    Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, remarked, “It is an immense honor for all of us at Ethiopian to reach the milestone of 100 aircraft. This milestone is a continuation of our historical aviation leadership role in Africa and a testimony of the successful implement

  • Oromia Regional State Hands Over Coal Mine to Organized Youth

    METEC-EthiopiaJune 3, 2018 - The Oromia Regional State handed over the mining concession of Yayu Coal Deposit to organized youth in the area, according to the Reporter. A year ago it striped the Metals and Engineering Corporation (METEC) of the rights to extract and market coal minerals from the deposit.

    The contested coal mineral site, located in Yayu, Ilu Ababor Zone–previously under METEC–has been operational for the past seven years. Under its ownership, the military industrial complex was using the site to originally use the raw material for Yayu Fertilizer Factory which currently is under construction.

    Previous reports to the parliament indicated METEC was extracting the mining site and exporting the raw materials. This has created a problem between the regional state and the Corporation since that was not the intended purpose of oper

  • Ethiopia to Build Navy - PM Abiy Ahmed

    Ethiopian-NavyJune 3, 2018 - Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed disclosed that Ethiopia is planning to build a navy during a briefing of the heads of the country’s National Defense Forces.

    “Following the efforts made to build capacity of our national defense, we built one of the stronger ground and air forces in Africa,” according to Fana Broadcasting Corp. and reported Abiy as saying on Friday. “We should build our naval force capacity in the future.”

    Abiy’s government in May agreed to develop Port Sudan on the Red Sea and agreed with Djibouti to swap shares in state-owned ports, airlines, and telecommunications. It also agreed to acquire land at Kenya’s Lamu Port for “logistical facilitation,” according to a joint communiqué issued after a meeting between Abiy and Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta.

  • Renewed Conflict Reported at Ethiopia's Oromia-Somali Border

    East-West-Harerghe-EthiopiaMay 28, 2018 - Renewed border conflict between Oromia and Somali Ethiopian regional states have been reported, according to media reports.

    According to reports from Opride.com, at least four people were killed and five others wounded in incursions by Ethiopian Somali State Liyu Police in Oromia’s East Hararghe zone, according to the report. More than 250 houses were razed to the ground and hundreds of civilians are internally displaced, the report claims.

    Oromia and the Somali state share a nearly 900 miles-long porous border. The latest incursions by the Somali paramilitary force into the Cinaksan district, which straddles the common border, is testing Ethiopia’s uneasy calm, the report claims.

    So far there has been no official confirmation of the conflict by the Ethiopian government or&nbs

  • Ethiopia to Allow All Africans to Travel to Ethiopia Without Visas

    Welcome-to-EthiopiaMay 27, 2018 - Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Dr. Abiy Ahmed, said Ethiopia will soon allow all Africans to travel to Ethiopia without visas. The policy follows Rwanda’s example of allowing African travellers to enter the country without visas.

    The African Union has also been encouraging all African countries to follow suit so there is greater freedom of movement and trade between Africans.

    A number of African countries have in the past year started implementing the 30-day visa-on-arrival policy recommended by the AU, including Kenya, Ghana and Zimbabwe.

    The news was announced during a state banquet hosted by Prime Minister for Rwandan President Paul Kagame who visited Ethiopia for three days. The two leaders held bilateral talks at the National Palace in Addis Ababa, and pledged to nourish relationships in key

  • Bomb Blast Injures Dozens in Addis Ababa Rally; Nine Officials Detained

    Bomb-Blast-Addis-AbabaJune 23, 2018 - Bomb blast has injured more than eighty people in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, today. The incident happend at a political rally organized to support the new Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed. Hospitals have reported that as many as 154 people were injured, some 15 of them seriously.

    It is also reported that one person is dead due to the bomb blast that happend.

    Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed addressed the nation immediately, decalring that anti-peace and stability forces have failed and urged the Ethiopian people to continue with love and tolerance, and not with hate and violence as others do.

    The governing party EPRDF council has issued a statement condemning the attack. “The development, peace and democratic reforms launched in the country won’t be deterred by the evil act of anti-peace forces,&rdquo

  • Eritrea Sending Delegation for Peace Talks with Ethiopia

    Isaias-Afewerki-peace-talks-EthiopiaJune 20, 2018 - President Isaias Afewerki of Eritrea today announced that he is sending a delegation to Addis Ababa for peace talks with Ethiopia.

    The Eritrean President made this announcement at the annual martyr’s day celebration in Asmara.

    He said the war between the two countries caused massive damage on both sides, and to our economies, and resulted in displacement of people.

    The reforms undertaken by Ethiopia need proper attention, the President said.

    “Ethiopia is currently on transition,” he said, adding “the remaining thing is to give priority in restoring the people-to-people ties between the two countries.”

    He also said, “we will harmonize our foreign polices with our neighbors, especially with Ethiopia.”

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  • Ethiopian Prime Minister Convenes Parliament; Talks About Current Affairs

    PM-Abiy-Ahmed-Briefs-ParliamentJune 19, 2019 - Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed delivered a speech today to the Ethiopian parliament on current affairs of the country.

    The Prime Minister noted the various crisis the country has been facing in the last three years.

    He noted the slow down of the economy to single digits as a result of unrest and instability.

    The Prime Minister said effort is underway to reduce the foreign currency shortage the country is facing and the slow down in exports.

    He also said the government is working on widen the political space of the country to grow opposition forces, civil societies, as well as the media.

    According to the Premier, foreign based opposition parties are coming home to participate in the political process peacefully.He called up on other political foces currently ab

  • Ethiopia, Somalia Agree to Jointly Develop Four Seaports

    Ethiopia-Somalia-Port-DevelopmentJune 16, 2018 - Following visit to Somalia by Ethiopian Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed, the two countries have pledged to jointly develop four seaports, according to Reuters.

    PM Abiy Ahmed and Somalia President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo agreed to cooperate on everything from developing infrastructure linking the two countries.

    The two countries also pledged to expand visa services and promote cultural exchanges.

    The pledge did not specify which ports the two countries plan to develop.

     

  • Protests Escalate in Hawassa; Fatalities Reported

    Deadly-protests-HawassaJune 16, 2018 - Days of unrest in Hawassa in southern Ethiopia has left multiple fatalities and many injured after Sidama protesters’ demand for their own regional state was accompanied by violence, according to the Ethiopia Observer.

    Ethiopian security forces are trying to control the situation after hotels and businesses were attacked, a resident said. “We have been hearing gun shots the entire afternoon,” they said in the evening of June 14. At least one person died in unknown circumstances on June 13. Adare Hospital is “crowded” and there are more than 50 seriously injured people at Hawassa Referral Hospital, the witness, who did not want to be named, said.

    “Those who are orchestrating the chaos are from the native people of Sidama and they are claiming the land belongs to them only and

  • TPLF Issues Statement Criticizing New EPRDF Leadership

    TPLF-EthiopiaJune 14, 2018 - Following two-day meeting in Mekelle, the TPLF leadership issued a statement criticing the current leaders of EPRDF on a number of issues.

    The statement is rather vague and lacked specifics. It called for the EPRDF executive committe to reconvene as soon as possible.

    According to the statement released today, the TPLF leadership criticized the new EPRDF leader for focusing on short-term solutions on the economy than long-term. It also said that the recent statement that indicated that Ethiopia 'fully accepts' the Algiers peace agreement with Eritrea should not have been released without full approval from the 180-member EPRDF governing body.

    Further, the statement raised objections to the recent changes in a number of high profile officials, saying the EPRDF needs to respect our veterans who sacrifice

  • Ethiopia's New Security and Defense Chiefs

    Ethiopian-security-chiefsJune 10, 2018 - Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) replaced the head of security Getachew Assefa by General Adem Mohammed, formerly head of Ethiopian Airforce.

    The Prime Minister also retired long-time serving defence chief of staff Samora Yonus and replaced it by General Seare Mekonnen. General Seare Mekonnen was deputy chief of staff and next in line in seniority.

    Days, before his appointment as a chief of intelligence, Adem was seen with US military officials, accompanied by Ambassador Michael Raynor.

    Adem received C-130 Hercules military aircraft from the US government, which few state media reported, to be used for humanitarian purposes. In fact, the aircraft equipped with the state of the art technology, has a range of purposes form scientific researches to espionage.  

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  • EPRDF Executive Committee Meeting in Addis Ababa This Week

    EPRDF-meetingJune 4, 2018 - The 36-member Executive Committee of the EPRDF is holding meeting starting tomorrow, June 5, 2018. This is highest decision-making body in the ruling party. The committe isscheduled to meet for two days.

    It will be the first such meeting since Dr. Abiy Ahmed was elected party chair and Prime Minister of Ethiopia.

    The meeting was reportedly called at the request of the Tigrayan People's Liberation Front (TPLF) over concerns of various decisions being made by the new Prime Minister without consulting component parties of the EPRDF as usual.

    Although its bylaws require such meeting to be held every three-month, the party has normally met every month for the most part. Under the new premier, the Executive Committee has not convened for over two months.

  • Ethiopian Government to Lift State of Emergency

    Ethiopia-lifting-emergencyJune 3, 2018 - The council of ministers of Ethiopia voted to lift the state of emergency declared on February 16, 2018. The cabinet believes the country has stabilized and that there is no need for the emergency decree and hence lifting it two months early, an official said.

    The current state of emergency is the second declared within the last two years.

    The cabinet of ministers met on Saturday to assess the security situation and “noted that law and order has been restored”, Abiy’s Chief of Staff Fitsum Arega said on Twitter.

    “The draft will be sent to parliament for its consideration,” he added.

    Ethiopia’s 547-seat House of People’s Representatives is expected to endorse the move.

  • Ethiopian Government Pardons Former Ginbot 7 Leader

    Andargachew-Tsige-EthiopiaMay 27, 2018 - The new Ethiopian government pardoned Andargachew Tsige who was sentenced to death in absentia in 2009 for his role in Eritrean-based armed opposition group Ginbot 7 where he once served as Secretary General. 

    Ginbot 7 is one of five groups outlawed in Ethiopia, alongside the secessionist groups Oromo Liberation Front and the Ogaden National Liberation Front, as well as al Qaeda and Somalia’s al Shabaab.

    A  British citizen, Andargachew Tsige was arrested in Yemen five years later and extradited to Ethiopia.

    According to the Ethiopian government, the decisions were made with the “intention of widening political space.”

    In a marked departure from the previous administration, the current Ethiopian government led by Dr. Abiy Ahmed has been making reapproachment 

  • PM Abiy Ahmed Receives ODF Delegation

    Premier-Meets-ODF-delegationMay 25, 2018 - PM Abiy Ahme of Ethiopia met represetantives of the The Oromo Liberation Front (ODF) yesterday according to ENA. The delegation had come to Ethiopia following invitation from the Premier urging them to take part in the peaceful political discourse of the country.

    According to a twitter message by Fitsum Arega, Head of the Office of the Prime Minister released today, the leaders of the ODF have agreed to participate in a peaceful democratic struggle in their country.

    The ODF leadership included 5 senior leaders, including their leader Lencho Leta and other former members of Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) leadership. Speaking to journalists, Lencho Leta indicated that the party delegation came to Ethiopia with options of either to officially register as a political party or to join in with other parties as an option fo

  • Ethiopia Dismisses Eritrean Charges of Interference as Baseless

    Eritrea-Ethiopia-SudanMay 21, 2018 - Ethiopia denied Eritrean accusation of interference as “baseless”, according to Sudan Tribune. Last week Eritrea issued a statement accusing neighboring Sudan and Ethiopia of conspiring to support Eritrean rebel groups.

    Eritrea claimed Ethiopia and Sudan allegedly agreed to deploy Eritrean armed opposition groups along the two countries’ borders with Eritrea to facilitate hit and run attacks on Eritrea.

    In an interview with Xinhua, an Ethiopian foreign affairs ministry spokesman, Meles Alem, said the allegations that they are working with Sudan to support Eritrean rebels are false.

    Source: Sudan Tribune

  • Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed Concludes Middle East Visit

    PM-Visit-Middle-EastMay 21, 2018 - Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed has concluded a three day-trip to the Middle East, visiting Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), according to FBC.

    In Saudi Arabia, he met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salamn and held discussion on bilateral, regional, and global issues.

    The Ethiopian Premier stressed the importance of protecting Ethiopians living in Saudi Arabia. The visit resulted in the release of 1000 Ethiopians from Saudi prison. There are reports that Ethiopian billionaire Sheikh Al-amoudi may also be released following lobby by the Premier.

    The two sides have agreed to strengthen cooperation in agricultural and energy sectors.

    In the UAE, the Ethiopian Premier conferred with Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the

  • Dangote Ethiopia Country Manager Shot Dead in Oromia

    Dangote-Country-Manager-DeadMay 17, 2018 - Dangote Cement country manager in Ethiopia, Deep Kamara, was shot dead by assailants near the Dangote Cement Factory in Oromia region 85 kilometers west of Addis Ababa. The identity of the assailants for this murder in Adeberga woreda is not known.

    His secretary and driver were also reportedly killed in the attack.

    This marks a new escalation in the security situation of the country where locals in Oromia region are taking matters into their own hands. MIDROC owned gold mine was recently shut down because of protests from locals.

    Aliko Dangote, the owner of Dangote Cement and the richest man in Africa is expected to arrive in Addis Ababa on Thursday May 17, according to sources close to the issue.

    Source: Reporter

  • Ethiopian Export Revenue Misses Target

    Ethiopian-export-misses-targetMay 14, 2017 - Ethiopian exports missed earnings target of USD 3.66 billion over the past nine months, according to the Reporter. The country secured only USD 2.1 billion, according to the report. This is 4.3 percent better compared with the preceding year’s nine-month report, but still short of the target for the year as was the case last year as well.

    The report by the Ministry of Trade indicated that looking at the plans, export earnings from most of the commodities ranging from oil seeds, coffee, horticulture and cereals have witnessed a low performance year. 

    From the total revenue, USD 1.58 billion was generated from agricultural commodities and the rest USD 332.5 million and USD 109.8 million came from the manufacturing and mining sectors, respectively.

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  • UAE to Grant Ethiopia USD 3 Billion

    UAE-Crown-Prince-EthiopiaJune 16, 2018 -  United Arab Emirates (UAE) pledged $3 billion in aid and investments to Ethiopia on Friday, according to government of Ethiopia press release. The announcement follows the warm reception the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, accorded Abu Dhabi’s crown prince, Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed.

    The new Prime Minister of Ethiopia personally drove the crown prince around Addis Ababa. Abiy had travelled to both Abu Dhabi and Riyadh shortly after taking office.

    The UAE will deposit $1 billion in Ethiopia’s central bank immediately to ease a severe foreign currency shortage, government spokesman Ahmed Shide told Reuters at a palace in Addis Ababa.

    Ahmed Shide said the UAE’s pledges would have a “significant impact” on Ethiopia’s foreign currency shortage

  • Ethiopia Announces It will Fully Accept Peace Accord with Eritrea

    Badme-Ethiopia-EritreaJune 6, 2018 - Ethiopia announced on Tuesday that it will fully implement the Algers accord to the end the 1998-2000 war with Eritrea. The Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Dr. Abiy Ahmed, said that ending the war and expanding economic ties with neighbouring Eritrea is critically important for stability and development in the region.

    “All that we have achieved from the situation of the last 20 years is tension,” Abiy said.

    “Neither Ethiopia nor Eritrea benefit from a stalemate. We need to expend all our efforts towards peace and reconciliation and extricate ourselves from petty conflicts and divisions and focus on eliminating poverty.”

    According to the Algers accord, Ethiopia is supposed to cede ceratin areas around the town of Badme to Eritrea.

    The decsion to accept the accord follows the two-day meeting of the Executive Committe of the

  • Rwandan Leader President Paul Kagame Visiting Ethiopia

    Paul-Kagame-visiting-EthiopiaMay 25, 2018 - The leader of Rwanda President Paul Kagame arrived in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa for a State Visit. He was received by Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed.

    President Kagame will hold bilateral talks with the Ethiopian premier and later attend luncheon in his honour.

    The two leader are then expected to tour Hawassa Industrial Park which has attracted 18 leading global apparel and textile companies.

    Kagame will on the second day attend a number of Consultation Meetings on the African Union Institutional Reform Process including with the Group of 15 Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Heads of Regional Economic Communities and the Bureau of the Assembly.

    Source: The New Times

  • Palestinian Ambassador Calls on Africa, Ethiopia to Engage in Peace Talks with Israel

    Palestinian-Ambassador-EthiopiaMay 21, 2018 - The Palestinian Ambassador to Ethiopia, Nasri Abujaish (PhD), called on Ethiopia and the African Union to engage in peace talks with Israel, according to the Reporter. The ambassador noted his country will no longer accept the US as a neutral negotiator after the US Embassy opening in Jerusalem.

    The Ambassador announced this during a press conference held on the 15th of May 2018, to condemn the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem.

    “Ethiopia’s relation with the Arab world as well as being the seat of the African Union and the political capital of the continent; we accept Ethiopia as a negotiator in the peace talks,” Abujaish said.

    The US moved its embassy to oJerusalem on May 14, 2018, despited worldwide opposition, in effect recognizing Jersulem as the capital of Israel.

    “We thank Ethiopi

  • Ethiopian Security Intercepts Smuggled Weapons in Tigray

    Ethiopia-smuggled-weapons-seizedMay 17, 2018 - Ethiopian Police intercepted more than 350 pistols being smuggled into Ethiopia via Sudan, according to FBC.
     
    According to the report, the weapons were seized yesterday at Awrora village, Tsegedie woreda in Tigray regional state.

    The real origin of the shipment and the intended receipients are still unknown. Ethiopia has in the past accused Eritrea for incursions and support for domestic opposition in Amhara and Oromia regions.

    Capitan Eshete Awoke, head of Tsegedie woreda security office told EBC yesterday that the pistols were intercepted as a result of the joint efforts of security forces and defense army.

    Police is investigating the driver of the Isuzu that carried the weapons and his assistant.

    Source: FBC

  • Keria Ibrahim Elected Speaker of Ethiopian House of Federation

    Keria-Ibrahim-Speaker-HoFMay 6, 2018 - Keria Ibrahim was elected Speaker of the Ethiopian House of Federation (HoF), according the Reporter. Following the appointment of Muferiat Kemal as Speaker of the House of People’s Representatives (HPR), HoF voted unanimously voted to make Keira Ibrahim as its Speaker. She is the second woman to hold this title in Ethiopian government.

    Prior to Keria, former speaker Yalew Abate held that position for three years.

    Keira has served as the Head of Public Service Office of Tigray Regional State before her election as speaker. She is also one of nine members forming the Polit Bureau of the Tigrayan People's Liberation Front (TPLF).

    Source: Reporter

  • Misreading History and Political Science and the Exigency of Smooth Power Transition in Ethiopia

    By Ghelawdewos Araia, PhD

    Ethiopian-Transition-Ghelawdewos-AraiaFebruary 22, 2018 - In the last three to four years, Ethiopia has been in constant political turmoil, ranging from Gondar and Oromia incidents to the Oromo-Somali confrontations in South East Ethiopia, to the Woldia-Kobo-Mersa protestations and subsequent deaths of innocent Ethiopians. All these protestations, euphemistically called mass upheavals by some disgruntled Diaspora Ethiopian groupings, were actually ethnic-based and ethnic-hatred disturbances; I label them as disturbances because in any historical context, revolutionary and peoples’ uprisings do not destroy and/or burn public property. Moreover, the only mass upheaval that moved toward revolutionary insurrection in Ethiopia is that of 1974 (Yekatit 1966 Ethiopian Calendar) broad-based people’s uprising.

    The 1974 revolution, as opposed to the present ethno-nationa

  • South Sudan Opposition Groups Walk Out of Addis Ababa Talks

    South-Sudan-opposition-quit-talksFebruary 14, 2018 - South Sudanese opposition groups at the ongoing peace talks in Addis Ababa walked out of the talks with the government delegation in protest.

    "It was no longer tenable for them to participate in the talks while government troops attack rebel defensive positions in Nasser," said Emmanuel Aban, spokesman of the opposition group led by Lam Akol.

    The South Sudanese opposition official further said they would present a letter of protest to the mediation team before they could resume the talks.Aban pointed out all the opposition groups walked out of the talks in protest against attacks on SPLA-IO positions by government force in Nasser.

    “Our SPLM-IO collages said the government left its positions and attacked their positions in Nasser. We have now formed a committee to meet with IGAD facilitators and then we will decide what will b