Ethiopia: OPDO Elects Dr. Abiy Ahmed Chairman of the Organization
February 22, 2018 - The Central Committee of the Oromo People Democratic Organization (OPDO) elected Dr Abiy Ahmed as Chairman of the Organization, according to the FBC. This position was held by Lema Megerssa, who will now be deputy Chairman of the Organization, according to information obtained from office of the Central Committee of the Organization.
It is reported that the Central Committee of the OPDO unanimously voted the appointments of Dr. Abiy and Lema, the office indicated.
The latest move by OPDO will likely mean that Dr. Abiy Ahmed is the likely nominee of the organization to be the next Prime Minister of Ethiopia. Currently the EPRDF is in consulations to find replacement for outgoing PM Hailemariam Desalegn who resigned last week. By all indications, the Amhara National Democratic Movement (ANDM) and
Ethiopian Foreign Minister Briefs Diplomats on State of Emergency
February 20, 2018 - Ethiopian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr Workneh Gebeyehu, briefed diplomatic community in Addis Ababa on the State of Emergency declared last Friday, according to FBC.
According to the foreign minister, the country is returning to peace and stability following the declaration of the State of Emergency
Instabilities were observed in some parts of the country at a time when the government of Ethiopia has been doing its level best to widen the political space, he told the diplomats.
The instabilities were resulted in losses of life and damages in properties, Dr Workneh added.
Since it was impossible to control these problems of peace and instability by the regular law enforcement, the Council of Ministers declared the decree on February 16, 2018, he said.
The decree has a significant
Ethiopian Council of Ministers Declares State of Emergency
February 16, 2018 - For the second time in as many years, the Ethiopian government has declared a state of emergency effective immediately. No end date has been given for the state of emergency just declared.
The measure was decided by the Council of Ministers, according to state broadcasting EBC. The announcement follows just a day after the current Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn submitted his resignation, including as head of the EPRDF and his own regional party, SEDPM. He led Ethiopia since 2012.
The EPRDF is currently holding extensive discussions to choose a successor.
Rumour has been circulating on social media circuits about impending state of emergency for a few days. Quoting an unnamed source "close to the government", the Addis Standard r
Ethiopian PM Hailemariam Desalegn Resigns
February 15, 2018 - In a surprise announcement, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has resigned from his position, including chairman of the EPRDF, Ethiopia's ruling party. While announcing his resignation, he said he hoped to end years of unrest and political upheaval and that his resignation was "vital in the bid to carry out reforms that would lead to sustainable peace and democracy".
Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn led Ethiopia since 2012.
According to latest information we recevied, the resignation was based on agreement by the four constituent members of the EPRDF, namely EPDM, OPDO, TPLF and SEDPM. According to these sources, the top leadership of the EPRDF came to the conclusion that the outgoing prime minister has not been as effec
KFC to Enter Ethiopian Market
February 10, 2018 - Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), one of the largest restaurant chains in the US, to launch the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) franchise in Ethiopia within a year. KFC’s franchise restaurants in Addis Ababa will be run by Ethiopia’s most recognized coffee shop brand Kalid’s coffee.
“We are in the final stages of negotiation to bring the brand here in Ethiopia. We have settled on most of the details and we are closer to having to sign the final document within weeks. We are excited,” said Elias Ketema Kalid’s representative.
The company behind KFC, the Kentucky based Yum!, owner of one of the largest restaurant chains in the US, next to McDonalds, has been studying the Ethiopian market for a number of years as its next frontier to sustain its growth. This comes as
Ethiopian Government Pardons More Prisoners
February 8, 2018 - As part of its pledge to create national consensus and widen political space, the Ethiopian government has pardoned 746 prisoners today, including Andualem Arage and journalist Eskinder Nega.
Andualem Arage, Deputy Chairman of the opposition Unity, Democracy and Justice (UDJ) and Eskinder Nega, owner of several critical newspapers were jailed on September 2011 on terrorism related charges.
The Ethiopian government has since January released thousands of prisoners arrested in connection with unrest that rocked Ethiopia in 2016.
The unrest in 2016 led to the deaths of hundreds and was dubbed by analysts as the gravest challenge the ruling coalition Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front faced in 25 years.
The unrest involving parts of the three most populous regions
Following US Arms Embargo South Sudan Recalls Ambassador
February 5, 2018 - Following U.S government move to impose an arms embargo on South Sudan, the eastern African nation today announced that it has recalled its ambassador to US. South Sudanese government also said that the Ambassador is called for consultations, especially in response to Washington's arms restrictions to South Sudan.
The South Sudan Foreign Affairs ministry also confirmed the matter, saying the nation was looking for ways to address the situation without hurting Washington-Juba relations.
South Sudan and the US have been embroiled in a diplomatic row this year after Washington pressured the UN Security Council to impose sanctions against Juba over its failure to end the war.
The US on Friday announced the ban of arms sale to South Sudan, saying the continuing violence, which has created a hum
High Level Forum on South Sudan Commences in Ethiopia
February 3, 2018 - The second round of the High Level Revitalization Forum on South Sudan commenced in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The first round of the High Level Revitalization Forum held for four days in December 2017 at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa was successful.
This latest round of peace negotiation will deliberate on various key agendas, which include among others; government structure and administration, permanent ceasefire, peace during transition period.
Moreover, representatives from religious institutions and the private sector will attend the meeting, according to Office of the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia
Nearly One Million Ethiopians Displaced in Oromia–Somali Conflict - UN
February 2, 2018 - The United Nations (UN) announced that close to one million people have been displaced due to the conflict along the borders of the Oromia and Ethiopian Somali regional states. The data from the latest round of the International Office of Migration Displacement Tracking Matrix1 conducted in November, 2017 indicates that around one million persons have been displaced.
On the other hand, 637,000, almost 60 percent of the total displaced people are sheltered in camps. From this, the 68,000 are Ethiopian Somalis which are displaced between 2015 to end 0f 2017, according to the report.
At least 93,000 conflict-displaced school-aged children in Oromia and Ethiopian Somali Regions were forced to interrupt their education due to the displacement.More than 1,500 children in Oromia and Ethiopian Somali regions
Egyptian President Announces Agreement with Ethiopia and Sudan
February 1, 2018 - Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced that the three countries seem to finally have reached a framework to solve disputes over the grand Ethiopian dam. In a press conference held by Sisi he declared, “be very reassured… we [the three countries] have met and no one will be harmed.”
The decision comes based on the agreement the three countries called the Declaration of Principles, which was signed in Khartoum in 2015. The countries also agreed on the no-harm principle when it comes to the three countries’ interests.
Sisi continued to stress the importance of cooperation, saying, “the three countries are cooperating as one to protect our interest.” Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry announced in a press conference that during the tripartite meeting Egypt and Ethiopia
UN Commends Ethiopia’s Peace Keeping Contribution
January 30, 2018 - The United Nations (UN) commended Ethiopia for its commitment to ensuring global peace through its peacekeeping contribution. According to the UN, Ethiopia is one of the top troop contributing countries to the UN with more than 8,300 peacekeepers on the ground.
“One of the grounds in which Ethiopian peacekeepers registered success is the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA), where Ethiopian peacekeepers have won the trust of both sides of the warring parties,” said UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean Pierre Lacroix.
Lacroix, who praised Ethiopia's contribution for the global peace, also called on the Ethiopian government to augment its contribution to the Blue Helmet forces.
Briefing Lacroix on regional peace and security issues, Ethiopian foreign Min
African Leaders Meet in Ethiopia for AU Summit
January 28, 2018 - Focusing on structural reform of the AU, the continental free trade area (CFTA), and agricultural transformation scorecard, African leaders are deliberating in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa.
The leaders are expected to discuss a number of issues and pass major decisions during the two days.The state of peace and security in the continent, migration, climate change, among others will be discussed by the leaders.
The leaders will launch the AU theme of 2018 “Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation” and the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM).
Source:- Ethiopian News Agency
Ethiopia Cancels 400,000T Wheat Purchase Contract
January 28, 2018 - The Ethiopian government has canceled a 2.6 billion-birr wheat purchase contract. The contract was awarded to Pakistan-based Shakeel & Company for the supply of 400,000 metric tons of wheat.
The Ethiopian government cancellation came following the company’s failure to provide a performance guarantee and proceed to supply the wheat. According to the initial agreement, Shakeel is supposed to start supplying the bulk by December 2017 and finish by January 2018.
Following contract cancellation, the company will be barred from taking part in any future bidding activity in Ethiopia and it will also forfeit its USD 15,000 bid bond, according to Ethiopian government.
Sources close to Shakeel, on the other hand, said that they were not formally informed of contract cancellatio
Ethiopia Pardons Over 2000 Prisoners
January 26, 2018 - Ethiopias Oromiya Regional State President, Lema Megersa, announced that over 2,000 prisoners have been pardoned. The move is part of Ethiopias government efforts to calm unrest.
The Ethiopian government has long been accused by rights groups of using security concerns as an excuse to stifle dissent and media freedoms. However, the Ethiopian government denies all the charges.
Last week the United Nations urged Ethiopian officials to review the status of a large number of people still behind bars.
U.N. human rights spokesman Liz Throssell said the Ethiopian government should review anti-terror legislation and laws to ensure that they are neither interpreted nor implemented too broadly, thereby resulting in people being arbitrarily or wrongfully detained.
Laws placing und
Africa to Launch Single Air Transport Market
January 25, 2018 - The Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) will be launched on Sunday. In addition to easing free movement throughout Africa, the Single Africa Air Transport Market is expected to create additional 300,000 direct jobs and 2 million indirect jobs.
The declaration on the establishment of a Single African Air Transport Market was adopted by the AU Assembly in January 2015.SAATM is a flagship project of the Agenda 2063, an initiative to create a single unified air transport market and the liberalization of civil aviation in Africa, and as an impetus to the Continent’s economic integration agenda.
The realization of the single African air transport market is vital to the achievement of the long term vision of an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa.
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