Bomb Blast Injures Dozens in Addis Ababa Rally; Nine Officials Detained
June 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
June 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.”
Ethiopian Prime Minister Convenes Parliament; Talks About Current Affairs
June 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
June 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
June 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
June 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
June 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.
EPRDF Executive Committee Meeting in Addis Ababa This Week
June 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
June 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
May 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
May 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
May 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
May 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
May 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.
Ethiopian Export Revenue Misses Target
May 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.