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  • Ethiopia Issues Directive Requiring People to Wear Face Masks

    By Staff Reporter

    Masks-requiredMay 28, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The government of Ethiopia has issued a directive requiring people to wear face coverings anywhere outside homes to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.

    Imposing a stricter measure to control the spread of the coronavirus was found to be mandatory as the spread of the pandemic surges, Attorney General Adanech Abiebie twitted after a ministerial meeting dwelling COVID-19 infections in the country.

    Wearing face masks was not mandatory everywhere in Ethiopia, but strict rules had been enforced to cover mouth and nose in public, market, and transportation places where at least four people stand together.

    So far, Ethiopia has reported 731 cases of COVID-19, with 6 deaths out of total test count of 91,616. Addis Ababa has become the epicenter of the pande

  • Ethiopian Council of Ministers Approved Record High Budget for 2020/21 Year

    By Staff Reporter

    Ethiopian-Council-MinistersMay 26, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The Ethiopian Council of Ministers approved a record-high 470 billion Birr annual budget for the next Ethiopian year starting from July 8, 2020.

    The new budget has seen a nearly 17 percent rise compared to the budget allocated to this year. The council referred the new budget bill to the House of Peoples of Representatives for approval.

    The COVID-19 pandemic has reduced the nation’s Growth Domestic Product (GDP) to three percent from the forecast nine percent during this concluding budget year, the council said in a statement.

    According to the statement, the declining growth rate can be even worse if the pandemic continues to prevail.

    The increment on the new budget is to cope with the increasing economic crisis that would be caused by t

  • OLF Militants Kill 12 Policemen in Southern Ethiopia

    By Staff Reporter

    OLF-SheneMay 21, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- Militants of the rebel Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) have killed 12 policemen in the Guji zone of Oromia regional state in southern Ethiopia, deputy administrator of the zone has disclosed.

    “12 members of the Oromia special police force were killed in a fight that took place in Gumi locality of Guji zone against members of the rebel Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), deputy administrator of the Guji zone Malicha Dika told the BBC Amharic service.

    The Oromia regional government has admitted that there is ongoing fighting between government security forces and OLF militants in Sebabiru, Goro Dola, and Shakiso districts of the Zone.

    Even though OLF returned to Ethiopia in mid-September 2018 for peaceful political struggle, significant members of its soldiers engaged in militan

  • Government Has the Mandate to Stay in Power Until Next Election: Legal Experts

    By Staff Reporter

    Ethiopian-ConstitutionMay 17, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- High profile legal experts said Constitutional Interpretation is a better legal option to deal with the issue of extending the controversial Ethiopian general election which was suspended due to coronavirus infection.

    In a public hearing organized by the Council of Constitutional Inquiry over the weekend, the prominent legal experts said the incumbent government is constitutionally mandated to stay in power until it legally transfers responsibility to an elected government.

    Dozens of political parties including the Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) have been insisting on the conduct of the general elections scheduled for August 29, 2020, in line with the constitution and “failing to do so will result in a political crisis in the country.”

    The Eth

  • Addis Ababa Police Arrests over 2800 “Violators” of Emergency Rule

    By Staff Reporter

    Masks-Addis-AbabaMay 16, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The Addis Ababa Police arrested more than 2800 people who allegedly violated the state of emergency declared by the government to stem COVID-19 pandemic.

    Wearing face masks is not mandatory everywhere in Ethiopia, but strict rules have been enforced to cover mouth and nose in public, market, and transportation places where more than four people are available.

    The Ethiopian state of emergency issued a month ago made it a crime punishable by law for anyone who is found walking or staying in such places without wearing a face mask.

    In a surprise campaign conducted in 20 selected places in Akaka Kality, Lideta, Bole, Nifas Silk Lafto, and Qerkos-keranio sub-cities, the metropolitan police have arrested over 2800 people who were found while shaking hands,

  • Tigray State Will Hold Elections before October 10, 2020: TPLF Chairman

    By Staff Reporter

    Debretsion-electionsMay 15, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The Chairman of the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) Debretsion Gebremichael announced that Tigray regional state will hold elections ahead of October 10, 2020.

    “There is no force that can stop us from holding the election. If it happens, we will fight it along with the people of Tigray,” the Chairman said.

    Debretsion said the Tigray regional state will hold the election along with all the necessary precautions to contain the spread of COVID-19.

    “Using the right we are granted by the constitution, we will hold the election in our region and work hard to make the election process lawful. We expect the concerned body will extend us the necessary support,” Debretsion told the Tigray state television.

    According to the chairman who i

  • Ethiopian Police Detain Thousands of Civilians for Not Wearing Masks

    By Staff Reporter

    Masks-Addis-AbabaMay 13, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- Ethiopian federal police on Wednesday detained thousands of civilians who do not wear masks on the streets of Addis Ababa without prior notice.

    The state of emergency declared by the government in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic does not state if it is compulsory to put the face masks on while leaving homes.

    Ezega.com has witnessed that the police apprehended hundreds of passersby who did not wear a mask around areas called Torhailoch, Mexico, and National Theater and placed them on the premises of Misraq Goh School in casa Inchis area.

    The temporary detentions were carried out in different parts of the capital and people were kept in mass against the ruling of the state of emergency and prevention of COVID-19.

    The ongoing state of emergency orders people to

  • Tigray Region Will Not Hold Elections Separately: TPLF Officials

    By Staff Reporter

    TPLF-will-not-hold-elections-separatelyMay 9, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- An executive committee member of the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) said Tigray state will not hold elections separately from the rest of Ethiopia.

    “We will not make irresponsible and crazy decision to conduct elections at regional level amid coronavirus infections and political crisis the country has faced with,” the executive committee member told local media on condition of anonymity.

    Last week, TPLF in a resolution said it is preparing to hold the election next August against the decision passed by the federal parliament to postpone the general elections due to coronavirus pandemic.

    According to the executive member, the information being disseminated that TPLF is preparing to hold the election is baseless rather ai

  • TPLF Cannot Hold Regional Elections on Its Own: NEBE Chair

    By Staff Reporter

    Birtukan-MideksaMay 6, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The plan by the governing party of Tigray regional state of Ethiopia to hold elections in the region, separate from the rest of the country, is unconstitutional, the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) has said.

    NEBE’s remark comes after the Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) announced a decision to hold an election in the state next August disregarding the decision passed by the federal parliament to postpone the general election due to coronavirus pandemic.

    NEBE chairwoman Birtukan Midekissa on state TV said neither the TPLF nor the regional administration informed the board about their intentions to hold elections in the state and any activity of this type will not be legally acceptable.

    Article 102 of the Ethiopian constitution states that “Th

  • Ethiopian Parliament Approves Resolution to Postpone General Elections

    By Staff Reporter

    Ethiopian-ElectionsMay 5, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The Ethiopian House of Peoples Representatives (parliament) has approved a resolution on seeking constitutional interpretations out of four legal options proposed by the government to postpone this year's general elections.

    Other than seeking constitutional interpretations, the government forwarded dissolving the parliament; declaring a state of emergency; amending the constitution to tackle the constitutional crisis it might face by extending the general elections next August.

    The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) had already announced that it will not be able to hold the election in August due to the restrictions posed to prevent the spread of COVID-19, leaving the final decision to the parliament to which the Board is accountable.

    A

  • Virus Pandemic Expected to Push 15 Million Ethiopians to Seek Handouts: Minister

    By Staff Reporter

    Ahmed-Shide-budget-virusMay 31, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The Ethiopian House of People Representatives on Friday unanimously approved over 48 billion Birr as a supplementary budget to address the impacts coronavirus pandemic in the country.

    Addressing the House of Peoples Representatives, Minister of Finance Ahmed Shide said additional 15 million Ethiopians are forecast to require emergency food aid due to the spread of coronavirus.

    Hence, the minister said 48.3 billion Birr supplementary budget is required to deal with the economic impact of the pandemic and 38 billion Birr of the budget would go to support 30 million emergency food recipients.

    According to the minister, 28.3 billion Birr will be raised from external sources and 20 billion Birr from local sources, including through the sale of Treasury bills.

  • TPLF Accuses Federal Government, Media of Disseminating Fake News

    By Staff Reporter

    TPLF-accuses-mediaMay 28, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The Tigray People Regional State (TPLF) has issued a statement accusing the state-run and private media outlets of disseminating fake news about “protests” in Tigray regional state.

    The Tigray region governing party blamed the Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC), Ethiopian Press Agency, Fana Broadcast Corporate (FBC), Walta Information Center, and Prosperity Party Facebook Page, Amhara Mass Media, ESAT, Abay Media, Zehabesha, etc for disseminating wrong information that multiple demonstrations were staged in different towns of Tigray region driven by injustice and lack of good governance.

    TPLF said the federal government is behind all blemishes against the Tigray people and TPLF in mere wishes to let governing party submit to ruling Prosperity Party.<

  • Ethiopian Election Board Set to Hold Elections within 13 Months

    By Staff Reporter

    NEBE-EthiopiaMay 21, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) is set to hold the 6th general elections after 13 months at maximum with additional funding requirements of more than 2.5 billion birr.

    NEBE on Thursday proposed two elections time frames during which it can finalize preparations to conduct the elections amid coronavirus pandemic.

    The electoral board on March 31, 2020 announced the postponement of the national elections scheduled for August 29, 2020 due to problems related to coronavirus pandemic in the country.

    Deputy chair of the board Wubishet Ayele told the Council of Constitutional Inquiry on Thursday, the election can be held either after ten or 13 months at a cost of 8 billion Birr, up by 2.5 billion Birr from the previous budget.

    Wubishet announced two scenarios i

  • The Unexplored Options for Ethiopian Elections

    By Abel Merawi

    Ethiopian-ElectionsMay 21, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- From the start of May, the major discussion in Ethiopian politics has centered around the upcoming elections. The government had proposed four alternatives to extend the election due to COVID-19. The first option was dissolving the parliament by the prime minister, and to hold the election within six months of the implementation in accordance with Article 60. The second option was extending the state of emergency every four-months with two-third parliament approval. The third option was a constitutional amendment with two-thirds of both houses and regional state councils. The fourth and approved option is seeking an interpretation of Articles 54/1, 58/3, and 93 of the constitution from House of Federations. In the following parts, we will explore other options and consider their a

  • National Bank of Ethiopia Limits Cash Withdrawals for Individuals, Businesses

    By Staff Reporter

    National-Bank-EthiopiaMay 19, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- In an unprecedented step, the National Bank of Ethiopia (NBE) has limited cash withdrawals for individuals and businesses from commercial banks and other financial institutions.

    The limits aren’t without justification — National Bank Governor Yinager Dessie said in a briefing on Tuesday but “to manage liquidity as well as control money circulation that would help prevent crimes and tax evasion.”

    Accordingly, an individual can withdraw up to 100,000 Birr a day and half a million Birr in a month, while businesses will be allowed to withdraw a maximum of 200,000 Br a day but not exceeding one million Birr a month.

    The bank has also asked residents to rely on e-payments and electronic transfers rather than using cash banknotes. Commercial bank

  • Ethiopian Government Warns Against Planned Election in Tigray Region

    By Staff Reporter

    Awelu-Abdi-PP-EthiopiaMay 16, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The Ethiopian ruling party has warned that it will take all the necessary measures if the Tigray region conducts elections separately.

    Awelu Abdi, Public Relations Head of the Prosperity Party told DW Amharic service that the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) cannot hold election alone and any attempt to do so will be met with proportional and legal measures.

    “Holding a separate election is impossible. If TPLF persists and conducts elections as planned, the government will take all appropriate measures to safeguard the constitution and that of the safety of the people,” Awelu warned.

    Debretsion Gebremichael, chairman of the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) in a briefing on Wednesday said the Tigray regional state will hold the election while

  • Seven Opposition Parties Propose One Year Extension with Limited Government Power

    By Staff Reporter

    Ethiopian-ElectionsMay 13, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- Seven opposition political parties including the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) and the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) have proposed the incumbent government of Ethiopia continue in power for the next one year and the next general elections shall be held in May 2021.

    In a statement issued at the end of their meeting, the parties, however, said the government needs to be restricted to governmental activities and support the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) until an elected party takes over the roles of the government.

    The parties said the government in no way can enact, amend, or terminate laws or introduce new administrative structures during the extended term in office.

    They also demanded the government to allow opposition politi

  • Our Online World

    By Abel Merawi

    Online-worldMay 12, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- It took only a few decades to gain dominance, but the change was dramatic. I am talking about the online world and the technologies that made it possible. A simple comparison of life before and after the 21st century shows the stark difference. In the past, watching a movie, listening to your favorite songs, or accessing a book was a real task. Now, you can simply download and share it. Learning was also hard when your source of information is only the teacher or the library. Doing research or an assignment was demanding since information is limited. The online world solved such problems just by making everything available.

    The virtual world provides users with a bigger space. But depending on our practice, it can lead to freedom or bondage. The benefit or harm of the online world can depend on whether yo

  • Ethiopian Former Information Minister Sentenced to 6 Years for Corruption

    By Staff Reporter

    Bereket-Simon-SentencedMay 8, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The Amhara Regional State Supreme Court of Ethiopia on Friday sentenced former Information minister, Bereket Simon, and a close ally of late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi to six years in jail on charges of corruption.

    Bereket Simon was detained along with Tadesse Kassa, a former high-level official of the country, in January 2019 on suspicion of corruption while managing TIRET Corporate, one of the Amhara ruling party mega-corporate, running 14 businesses.

    Early this week, the court has ruled that both suspects were guilty of corruption charges and adjourned judgment for today (Friday).  

    Bereket was found guilty on two counts while Tadesse was blamed on three counts of the four charges against them. A third co-defendant, businessman Dani

  • Government Has the Power to Lead Nation until Next Elections: PM Abiy

    By Staff Reporter

    Abiy-AhmedMay 8, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said only the ruling Prosperity Party has the power to lead the nation until COVID 19 crisis is over and the upcoming elections are held.

    In a recorded speech on Thursday, Abiy said: “the government will not tolerate those political forces who want to seize power through violence by taking the postponed elections as an advantage.”

    He said “the government would take all the necessary measures against activities that violate the constitutional order and by all means, it is ready to do so.

    “The government will defend the constitution and safeguard the ongoing democratic activities the prime minister said adding “establishing a transitional government will lead the nation into endless chaos,”

    According to the

  • TPLF to Hold General Election Against Parliament Decision

    By Staff Reporter

    TPLF-to-hold-elections-soloMay 5, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) said it will hold a general election in Tigray regional state against the decision passed by the federal parliament to postpone the election due to coronavirus pandemic.

    The Executive Committee of TPLF in a resolution issued late Monday said the region’s governing party will conduct the election in the state by August and announced preparations to do so.

    As the discord between Addis and Mekelle continues to heighten, TPLF said the pandemic created a good opportunity for the ruling Prosperity Party to cement a one-man rule and to strengthen the party’s hidden agenda of extending office term “unconstitutionally.”

    In a five-point resolution issued at the end of the three-day meeting (May

  • Death Toll from COVID-19 will Peak in June: Ethiopian Health Ministry

    By Staff Reporter

    COVID-19-Ethiopia-death-toll-to-peak-JuneMay 4, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The death toll from the outbreak of COVID-19 in Ethiopia likely reaches the highest in late June and early July, the country’s Ministry of Health has disclosed.

    “We have not passed the worst scenario that COVID-19 can cause in Ethiopia as a pandemic of such kind will reach its peak in ten weeks or three months on average,” Dr. Yakob Seman, Health and Health-Related Director in the ministry told the local media.

    The study conducted by the Ethiopian Ministry of Health revealed that about 13 million people are expected to fall victim to the outbreak, even after all the necessary precaution measures are taken.

    “If the government has not been taking precautionary measures to stem the spread of the virus, about 27 mill

  • Ethiopian Parliament Expresses Consent over Postponement of General Elections

    BY Staff Reporter

    Election-COVID-19-EthiopiaMay 1, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The Ethiopian parliament has expressed consent over the proposal of the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia that the next general elections should be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    During their 14th regular session, the MPs backed the board’s proposal with a majority vote, one against and 18 abstentions after NEBE chair Birtukan Midekissa briefed the board’s decision.

    “The board could not conduct voter registrations, offer training to election executives and undertake procurement of elections material due to several measures the federal and regional governments have taken to stem the spread of COVID-19, she said

    According to the Ethiopian constitution, the lifetime of the current government expires at the beginn

  • Addis Ababa City Government Makes 1,000 People Homeless: AI

    By Staff Reporter  

    Homes-destroyed-Addis-AbabaApril 30, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The Addis Ababa City Government has demolished dozens of homes belonging to day laborers over the past three weeks, rendering at least 1,000 people homeless amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Amnesty International said on Wednesday.

    Most of those whose homes have been destroyed recently lost their jobs due to the ongoing COVID-19 shutdowns told Amnesty International that they are now also having sleepless nights as authorities repeatedly confiscate tarpaulin or plastic sheeting they are using to shelter against heavy rains.

    “Having a home is critical to protecting oneself from COVID-19, stopping its spread and recovering from it. The authorities must ensure that no one is put in a position of increased vulnerability to COVID-19 including by rendering them

  • 88 Percent of Hotels in Addis Ababa Shut down or Reduce Services Due to COVID-19

    By Staff Reporter

    Addis-Ababa-Hotels-COVID-19April 27, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- Eighty eight percent of hotels in Addis Ababa are forced either to shut down or reduce services due to lack of occupancy arising from coronavirus pandemic.

    The remaining 12 percent are being used as isolation centers of COVID-12 suspects who arrived in the capital from different parts of the world.

    A survey conducted by the Addis Ababa Hotel Owners’ Association revealed that out of 130 hotels, which are members of the association, 56 percent of them are closed, 32 percent have suspended service partially due to the pandemic.

    “Foreign nationals were confirmed positive for COVID-10 in Ethiopia and that negatively contributed to the hotel business whose reception capacity has gone down to two percent, the study noted.

    According to t



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  • Ethiopia to Commence Filling GERD Reservoir Next July: Minister

    By Staff Reporter

    GERD-filling-JulyMay 11, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- Tensions have gone up between Ethiopia and Egypt over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) after Egypt rejected Ethiopia’s new proposal on the filling of the dam.

    Ethiopia reaffirmed that it would commence filling of the GERD’s reservoir next July during a ministerial meeting chaired by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Monday.

    The water filling strategy for the dam has long been the most controversial issue and yet unresolved in the Nile talks between Ethiopia, Egypt, and Sudan.

    Recently, Egypt's Minister of Foreign Affairs Sammy Shoukry submitted a 15-page complaint letter to the United Nations Security Council via Mohammed Endris, the Egyptian ambassador to the UN.

    Cairo once again warned that Ethiopia’s move to fill the dam ahead of the tripartite agreement will potentially pose a seri

  • Ethiopia Denying Entry to Eritrean Migrants

    By Staff Reporter

    Eritrean-Refugees-EthiopiaApril 24, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- Ethiopia has denied entry permits for Eritrean migrants who want to cross to its territory, Ezega.com has learned.

    UN agencies that are working on migration and aid organizations told VOA Amharic service that Ethiopia has denied Eritrean migrants access to its territory in secret since January 2020 against international law and its open-door policy.

    The closure of borders for asylum seekers could subject the Eritrean migrants to use unsafe routes in trying to reach Europe and the US, the UNHCR warned.

    Eritrean migrants in Ethiopia have had better chances to go to Europe and the United States in a legal way but after a long waiting time.

    Agency for Refugees and Returnees Affairs (ARRA) this month told employees of donor organizations and international NGOs that the previous migration policy of

  • Over 300,000 Africans Could Lose Their Lives due to COVID-19: UNECA

    By Staff Reporter

    Covid-19-AfricaApril 16, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), in a new report on the coronavirus pandemic, says over 300,000 Africans could lose their lives due to COVID-19.

    This, as the pandemic continues to impact on the Continent’s struggling economies whose growth is expected to slow down from 3.2 percent to 1.8 percent in a best-case scenario, pushing close to 27 million people into extreme poverty.

    The Report, which will be launched virtually on the 17th of April and is titled, COVID-19: Protecting African Lives and Economies says Africa’s fragile health systems could see additional costs being imposed on them because of the growing crisis that has to-date, resulted in over 16,000 infected Africans and claimed over 800 lives at the time of the report’s launch.

    “To protect and build towards the Continent’s sh

  • Ethiopian Airstrike Kills 17 Al-Shabaab Troops

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    Ethiopian-Airforce-Bombs-Al-ShabaabApril 13, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The Ethiopian Defence Force said it has killed several members of the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabaab extremist group with airstrikes in Somalia.

    “A total of 17 al Shabaab troops who were members of the explosive crew were killed by the airstrikes at two places called Kortole and Hirkut,” the Ministry of Defence Forces said on Monday in a statement.

    Colonel Habtom Zenebe, deputy commander of the eastern division of the Ethiopian airforce said the extremist force was about to launch attack on Ethiopian army which was escorting artillery from Dolo Ado to the town Baidoa in the southwest of the country.

    Members of the extremist group had planted explosives along the way but killed before they launch the attack on the Ethiopian army.

    The Ethiopian force has cleared the

  • UN Expresses Concerns over Communication Shutdown in Western Ethiopia

    By Staff Reporter

    UN-HRMarch 29, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The UN High Commission for Human Rights expressed its concerns over the sustained shut down of Internet and telephone lines in western Oromia amidst the spread of COVID-19.

    “We are very concerned by the continued communications shutdown in parts of Ethiopia, and more broadly call on all countries to ensure that everyone has ready and unhindered access to the internet and phone services, all the more in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the Geneva-based UN Rights Commission said.

    It mentioned Ethiopia imposed an Internet and communications blackout on 7 January, citing security concerns, blocking internet access and phone services in areas under federal military control – namely western Oromia’s Kellem Wellega, West Wellega, and the Horo Gudru Wellega zones.

    The shutdown coincided with government military operations

  • Anti-Foreigner Sentiment Rising in Ethiopia Due to COVID-19: US Embassy

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    Addis-Ababa-US-EmbassyMarch 18, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The US Embassy in Addis Ababa said it continues to receive reports regarding a rise in anti-foreigner sentiment revolving around the announcement of COVID-19 in Ethiopia.

    In a statement it issued on Wednesday, the embassy said typical derogatory comments directed at foreigners, the terms “China” and “Ferengi” (foreigner), have been reportedly coupled with the label “Corona,” indicating a disparaging view on the link between the outbreak of COVID-19 and foreigners in Ethiopia.

    Incidents of harassment and assault directly related to COVID-19 have been reported by other foreigners living within Addis Ababa and other cities throughout the country, the embassy said   

    Reports indicate that foreigners have been attacked with stones, denied transporta

  • Ethiopia Working on New Proposal on Filling, Operation of GERD

    By Staff Reporter

    GERD-filling-EthiopiaMarch 11, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- Ethiopia is to come up with a new proposal on the filling and operations of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) which will be tabled for discussion shortly with the downstream countries of the Nile.

    The new proposal is drafted jointly by members of the Ethiopian negotiating group, water engineers from different universities and legal experts drawn from the federal attorney general and ministry of foreign affairs.

    A PR expert in the Ministry of Water Irrigation and Energy told Ezega.com that Ethiopia’s new proposal will be tabled for discussion with Egypt and Sudan but others members of Nile basin countries can participate if they are interested to.

    It is not clear why Ethiopia wanted to bring in a new proposal on the filling of the GERD's reservoir.

    “The new proposal is prepared in a way

  • Final Testing, Filling of GERD Should Not Take Place Without Agreement: US

    By Staff Reporter  

    February 29, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The United States says final testing and filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) should not take place without an agreement between Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan.

    In a statement issued on Friday, the U.S. Treasury Secretary said it shares the concerns of downstream populations in Sudan and Egypt due to unfinished work on the safe operation of the GERD, and the need to implement all necessary dam safety measures in accordance with international standards before filling begins.

    US statement comes after Ethiopia withdrew from the Washington facilitated talks and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin held in separate bilateral meetings with the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and the Ministers of Water Resources of Egypt and Sudan.

    The statement also followed hundreds of Ethiopian demonstrators took the streets of Washington DC c



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