- TPLF Issues a Strong Statement Criticizing Abiy Ahmed Leadership
February 17, 2019 (Ezega.com) - The Tigrayan People's Liberation Front (TPLF) celebrated the 44th anniversary of its foundation today in Mekelle, Tigray, and other cities around the world.
Marking the occasion, the organization released one of the strongest statements it issued to date criticizing the way the country is going under the leadership of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
The Organization all but condemned what it called the erosion of constitutional order in broad day light and vowed that it will not sit idly while the country is going into anarchy.
The statement, which came at the end of the Central Committe meeting of the TPLF, claimed both internal and "external forces" are working in tandem to undermine Ethiopian unity and stability and condemned the "external interference."
The statement al
- Ethiopian Federal Forces in Amhara Region to Quell Unrest
February 17, 2019 (Ezega.com) - Ethiopian National Defense and Federal Police Forces have entered parts of Amhara regional state to stabilize the deteriorating security situation in the state.
The Amhara regional administration formally asked the Ministry of Defense and federal police forces to help stabilize the situation in western and central Gondar. The Ethiopian Army and Federal Police has taken over the security matters of the two zones, according to the report.
The army and federal police has already issued warning to potential violators that they will take serious measures against armed individuals or groups, who have been causing problems in the area, according to Ethiopian TV.
It is believed that some 45,000 people have been displaced in the area because of the conflicts and dozens of deaths.
- Shaking Up the Government Risks Intensifying Ethnic Friction
February 15, 2019 (Ezega.com) - Disagreement over resources between the various ethnic groups in the country has been the source of conflict and mass displacement, but shaking up the government which is led by reformist Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed risks intensifying ethnic friction according to experts.
Tewodrose Tirfe, the chairman of the Amhara Association of America, a U.S based advocacy group says presently ethnic tensions are a fundamental problem for Ethiopia. Millions have been displaced in a humanitarian crisis that could get out of control.
In the first half of last year, Ethiopia's rate of 1.4 million internally displaced persons exceeded that of Syria. By the end of 2018, the IDP numbers had bourgeoned to about 2.4 million.
Tigrayans comprise just six percent of the population but according to author
- Ethiopian National Defense Forces Undertaking Deep Reform
February 14, 2019 (Ezega.com) - The chief of staff of Ethiopian Defense Forces, General Seare Mekonnen, said Ethiopia's National Defense is carrying out deep institutional reform to build a well trained, strong, and professional army, according to FBC news report.
The chief of staff said this on the 7th Ethiopian Defense Force Day in a panel discussion that was held in Adama city, Oromia regional state.
The Ethiopian Defense Force Day has been celebrated every year since January 9, 2019.
The event was attend by Defense Minister, Aish Mohamed, chief administrator of Oromia regional state, Lemma Megersa, and other officials.
In the ongoing reform process, it was disclosed that the priority is to build a professional defense force that is loyal to the constitution.
According to the
- UNHCR Boss Lauds Ethiopian Kindness to Refugees
February 14,2019 (Ezega.com) - On a four-day visit to the country, UNHCR Commissioner Filippo Grandi has lauded Ethiopia’s kindness in hosting the refugees, as well as its candidness in adopting new and inventive methods of improving the lives of more than 900,000 emigrants and the communities hosting them.
According to the UNHCR, Ethiopia hosts more than 900,000 refugees, mainly from Somalia, Eritrea, Sudan, South Sudan as well as a small number from Syria and Yemen.
Mr. Grandi spent two days in Melkadida, an area bordering Somalia that hosts more than 200,000 refugees. He witnessed first-hand how a US$100 million investment by the IKEA foundation over a period of seven years has changed the fortunes of the semi-arid area into a prospering community.
He inspected various projects financed by the foundatio
- Reconciliation Commission, Boundary & Identity Commission Held First Sessions
February 12, 2019 (Ezega.com) - Ethiopian Reconciliation Commission held its first meeting in Addis Ababa yesterday.
The groipd showed up for a photo session along with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen.
The commission elected Cardinal Berhaneyesus chairman of the commission and Yetnebersh Niguse deputy chairman.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed urged members of the National Reconciliation Commission to work for national cohesion.
“You are now tasked with nurturing and sustaining national cohesion,” he said during the orientation session.
Heencouraged them to create a system that can be a model for other countries, according to Office of the Prime Minister.
In a related news, the newly formed Administrative Boundary and Identi
- Leaders of Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt Meet During AU Summit
February 11, 2019 (Ezega.com) - A meeting between the leaders of Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt on Sunday resolved to provide a high-level political umbrella to sustain the deliberations on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).
The three leaders; Omar al-Bashir, Abiy Ahmed and Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi met on the sidelines briefly during the African Union (AU) summit held in the capital.
Bassam Radi, the Egyptian presidential spokesperson stressed the importance of adopting a cooperative and balanced vision for the filling and operation of the dam to find a way of serving the interest of the three nations.
He suggested the three heads of state underscored the importance of adopting a unified view on the dam based on the declaration of principles agreed upon in Khartoum. He further revealed the leaders deliberated on the ways and means o
- EU to Help Rebuild Roads Connecting Eritrean Ports to Ethiopia
February 8, 2019 (Ezega.com) - The European Union (EU) will help rebuild roads connecting Eritrean ports to Ethiopia border towns, according to report from FBC.
The Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development of EU, Neven Mimica, is visiting Eritrea today. He met President Isaias Afewerki of Eritrea to launch a project to rebuild the road connecting Ethiopian border with Eritrean ports with initial investment of €20 million.
The project will be financed by EU Trust Fund for Africa and through the United Nation’s Office for Project Services (UNOPS), according to the report.
During his visit, Neven Mimica is met with the President of Eritrea Isaias Afwerki to discuss the situation in the region and explore ways for the EU and Eritrea to step up political relations and dialogue
- The Incredible Strength and Determination of Emama Fishka
By Gosaye Feyissa
February 8, 2019 (Ezega.com) - The courage someone builds in his heart at young age will not diminish with old age. Starting any kind of business would be a challenge for anyone, but particularly difficult for Ethiopian women. Despite the pressure from home, Ethiopian are always struggling to move out and engage in small business activities everywhere. For women, this also includes taking care of their children. This is particularly true of patriarchal society like Ethiopia that keeps women at home in subordinate positions, using religion and culture as an excuse.
But, in spite of these ordeals, many ambitious women have become successful by overcoming those very challenges. Emama Fishka who was born in 1938 in Harar town is one of the most notable ones at hand. When she was a child, she had a dream of becoming a business woman a
- Ethiopia Forms Reconciliation and Boundaries and Identity Commissions
February 6, 2019 (Ezega.com) - Following extensive consultations, the Ethiopian government has established two commissions this week, the Boundaries and Identity Issues Commission, and the Reconciliation Commission.
The Ethiopian House of People’s Representatives (HPR) approved the formation of the two commissions and the proposed members for the two commissions.
The candidates were selected based on age, experience, gender, religion, educational background, region, and representing three generations, among others, according to the report.
Members of the Boundaries and Identity Issues Commission were approved by a majoriy vote with 22 against and 4 abstentions.
Members of the Reconciliation Commission were approved by a majority vote with 16 against and 8 abstentions.
The members of the two commissions are as
- Ethiopia Finalizing Reforms in Mining Sector
February 5, 2019 (Ezega.com) - According to a statement by the Minister of Mines and Petroleum, Samuel Urkato, Ethiopia is in the final stages of reforming the underdeveloped oil and mining industries. In the next two months, it will have finalized everything as the country hopes to attract more foreign investors.
Regarding the changes instituted, the government has already cut taxes for mining companies as the government aims to ease the dollar deficiency in the country. Urkato said promoting the sector is a priority for the country and they’ll further adopt other tax incentives.
Mining Industry Overview:
The mining industry is important to the economy of Ethiopia, especially at a time when it is looking at ways of diversifying its agriculture-based economy
- Ethiopia Pledges to Strengthen Women Participation in UN Peacekeeping Missions
February 4, 2019 (Ezega.com) - President Sahle-Work Zewde has said that Ethiopia is committed to enhancing the participation of women in the police, military and civilian divisions of the UN’s peacekeeping mission.
While speaking at the official opening of the 3rd UN Peacekeeping Ministerial Preparatory held at the UNECA conference hall in the capital, she emphasized that any mission must give priority to the protection of women and the vulnerable.
She further said that the mainstreaming of women participation in the UN peacekeeping mission necessitate proper organization among the parties involved.
The President, however, appreciated that more needs to be done to enhance women participation in the peace and security agenda, saying “Ethiopia welcomes the progress made in mainstreaming the agen
- Ethiopian Leaders Must Get Direct Votes of the People
February 3, 2019 (Ezega.com) - Leaders of Ethiopian political parties met this week to exchange ideas on the way forward for Ethiopia. During the meeting, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said Ethiopian leaders must get direct votes of the people.
Numerous political parties were represeneted in the meeting, incluidng the ruling party, EPRDF (Ethiopian People's Revlutionary Democratic Front), Ginbot 7, Semaywai Party, as well regional parties from Oromia, Tigray and elsewhere.
During the discussion Prime Minister Abiy stressed the need to make sure that the country will be led by the leader who got direct votes of the people, and not by political elites who often claim representing the people without getting direct votes of the people. Ethiopian politics must transcended beyond the limits of o
- Ethiopian Internally Displaced: A Crisis Forgotten
February 1, 2019 (Ezega.com) - Ethiopia’s Abiy Ahmed has adopted new reforms that challenge the status quo; both economically and politically. They come at a time when ethnically motivated violence is intensifying across the country. The continuous cycle of violence presents a huge humanitarian challenge, not only for Ethiopia but to the rest of the world. The country needs to adopt strategies that lessen ethnic tensions and facilitate assistance to the IDPs.
The Displacement Predicament:
Presently, there are more than 3 million internally displaced persons in the country. Two-thirds have fled the violence, but the remainder were affected by the floods and droughts. At the moment, more than 8 million Ethiopian’s are in need of emergency food aid. More alarming is that they are chronically vulnerable.
Of the 3 million IDPs, mo
- Ethiopian Airlines Revamping Network; Increasing Flights to Chicago, Washington
January 29, 2019 (Ezega.com) - Ethiopian Airlines that’s the largest aviation entity in the continent and a SKYTRAK licensed 4-star carrier, stated it will revamp its operations in America; opening up new destinations, increasing flights and changing entryways by the summer of 2019.
The new U.S. network intends to offer travelers between America and the rest of Africa the shortest routes and the best connectivity, whether they are on official state visits, vacation or business.
Consequently, flights to Washington D.C. will be increased to ten per week. The three additional flights will depart Addis Ababa in the morning, pass through Abidjan and arrive in Washington in the evening.
The weekly flights to Chicago are set to increase from three to five. From the scheduled daily flights to Ne