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Attorney General Accuses Regional Governments of Ignoring Rule of Law

By Staff Reporter

Berhanu-TsegayeJanuary 28, 2020 ( -- The Ethiopian Attorney General Berhanu Tsegaye said his office has faced difficulties bringing more than 1600 instigators of violence before justice due to lack of cooperation from regional governments and city administrations.

While presenting the half-year performance report to the House of People's Representatives, Attorney General Berhanu Tsegaye said his office has managed to bring about 1400 suspects before justice out of over 3000 individuals who were involved in the violence that occurred last year and in the previous years.

He said more than 1600 individuals who were alle

Multiple Demonstrations Hit Ethiopian Cities, Demanding Release of Abducted Students

By Staff Reporter

Amhara-demoJanuary 28, 2020 ( -- In a marked display of anger, hundred thousands of people took the streets of Bahir Dar, Debermarkos, Woldia, Debre Birhan Durbete, Shewa Robit, Dangla and other cities in Amhara state of Ethiopia, demanding the immediate release of ethnic Amhara university students who were taken hostages by gunmen in Oromia region of western Ethiopia.

The demonstrators demanded the government to provide clear information on the whereabouts of the students and maintain the supremacy of law by taking legal measures against the kidnappers.

Early this month, Nigussu Tilahun, PM Office Press Secretariat Head, to

Members of OLF Shene Charged with Terrorism; 12 Farmers Reportedly Killed by Government in Southern

By Staff Reporter  

OLF-SheneJanuary 27, 2020 ( -- The federal high court of Ethiopia heard terrorism charges against six members of rebel groups Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) otherwise called “Shene” and Yadeessa Negassa also known as the “Killer Group."

Shene, led by Kumsa Diriba, nicknamed Jalmero, has been fighting the government from its stronghold in the Oromia region of western Ethiopia even though it entered the country to pursue peaceful political struggle in mid-2018.

Yadeessa Negassa, otherwise known as the “killer Group,” is another ethnic Oromo rebel force accused of creatin

The Grip of Sacrifice

By Abel Merawi

SacrificeJanuary 27, 2020 ( -- In the late 1960s, the story of the criminal and cult leader Charles Manson shocked not just Americans but also the entire world. By establishing a racial cult known as the ‘Manson Family’, he made his followers commit a series of nine murders. When tried and convicted, none of his followers explicitly said that he ordered them to do the gruesome killings. They just confessed that they were following his ideology. His teaching demanded sacrifice, and they assumed that the sacrifice was necessary to prove their devotion to the cult. A story with a similar spirit occurred in Ethiopia about a decade ago when the

Uproar Intensifies Over Kidnapped University Students

Dembi-Dollo-Kidnap-VictimsJanuary 27, 2020 ( -- The uproar over kidnapped university students is intensifying internationally, with many demanding to know the status of these students and what the government is doing to bring them back home. According to various reports, 17 Dembi Dollo University students were kidnapped on December 3, 2019, when they were traveling to Addis Ababa via Gambella. Petitions and media campaigns by activists and professionals are in full swing currently to highlight the plight of these students.

According to one of the students who escaped the kidnapping, Asmira Shumiye, after the students saw a notice that said they must

TPLF, Prosperity Party to Hold Discussion over Strained Relations

By Staff Reporter

TPLF-PPJanuary 26, 2020 ( -- The Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) and Prosperity Party (PP), the country’s ruling party, are considering holding discussions to improve their strained relations following the demise of the Ethiopian Peoples Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF).

Briefing journalists late Saturday, TPLF Chairperson Deberetsion Gebremichael hinted about the planned talks between the two opposing forces though he did not mention how sooner the talks will take place.

Deberetsion disclosed the establishment of a negotiating team by the Tigray state governing body and the federal government whose r

Amhara Police Claims TPLF Behind Planned Terror Attack in Gondar

By Staff Reporter

Gondar-cityJanuary 25, 2020 ( -- The Amhara regional government of Ethiopia said it has foiled planned terror attacks and assassinations against high-level government officials and foreign tourists at the Epiphany or Timket celebrations in Gondar city of northern Ethiopia.

The Amhara Leyu (Special) force accused the Tigray police commission and by extension Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) of organizing and sending two terror groups to carry out the planned attacks during this year Epiphany celebrations which attracted an estimated 1.5 million people.

“The suspects were given three missions from

TPLF Senior Members Dismissed due to Poor Performance: Prosperity Party

By Staff Reporter

Prosperity-Party-LogoJanuary 24, 2020 ( -- The Deputy Chairperson of the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) Fetelework Gebreegziabher was dismissed as Minister of Trade and Industry and member of the Ethiopian cabinet due to poor performance and insubordination, a senior official of the prosperity party has said.

In an interview with VOA Amharic, Awelu Abdi, Head of Public and Foreign Relation of the Prosperity Party, said the dismissal of Fetelework and Solomon Kidane, another TPLF member who was Transport Bureau Head in the Addis Ababa city administration with a rank of Deputy Mayor, has nothing to do with the ethnicity o

Demands for Statehood Overwhelm PM Discussion with SNNPR Delegates

By Staff Reporter

SNNPR-talkJanuary 23, 2020 ( -- Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed held discussions with community representatives drawn from various zones of Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR) in his Office today.

Demands for statehood have overwhelmed the Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s meeting with over 2000 delegates drawn from all districts of the South Nations, Nationalities Peoples State of Ethiopia.

The premier was hoping he would clam down the questions for statehood and zone-hoods currently being raised by more than 20 ethnic groups in the regional state and address unfolding conflicts arising from o

NEBE Challenges OFC Over Jawar Admission; Recognizes Baladera Council

By Staff Reporter  

Jawar-OFCJanuary 23, 2020 ( -- The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) has asked the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC) to present the necessary legal documents that made them accept Jawar Mohammed, an activist and Director-General of the Oromia Media Network, as a member of the party.

Jawar Mohammed is non-Ethiopian by nationality even though he was a leading organizer of the 2016 Ethiopian protests of the Oromo youth popularly known as Qeerroo that helped Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to come to power in April 2018.

His involvement and aspiration for power in Ethiopian politics has been contr

TPLF Issues Warning on Dismissal of TPLF Officials from Federal Posts

By Staff Reporter

TPLF-issues-statementJanuary 22, 2020 ( -- The Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) issued a warning stating that the federal government will be held accountable for any crisis that may occur in the future following “unwarranted actions” of dismissing TPLF officials from posts in the federal government and Addis Ababa administrative structures.

“Leaders of TPLF and its members have been sacked from their posts in Federal and Addis Ababa administrations. The removal from their offices is totally unacceptable. These deliberate and other unwarranted actions need to be rectified immediately. Otherwise,

One Person Killed, Seven Wounded During Gunfire in Dire Dawa City

By Staff Reporter

Dire-Dawa-EthiopiaJanuary 22, 2020 ( -- One person was killed and seven others wounded by gunfire in a violence occurred during the celebrations of Epiphany in Dire Dawa city of eastern Ethiopia, a police officer said.

The violence took place after clashes occurred between two groups on the premises Abune Gorgorios Church as the celebrations was nearing to completion, the Dire Dawa Administration Police Commission Public Relations Director Commander Gemechu Kacha said

Member of the police were among the victims, said Gemechu, who neither mentioned the fighting groups by name or stated the number of

Deputy Chair of TPLF Dismissed from Ethiopian Cabinet

By Staff Reporter

Fetlework-Gebregziabher-dismissedJanuary 22, 2020 ( -- Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has dismissed Fetlework Gebreegziabher as Minister of Trade and Industry and cabinet member in the federal government. Fetlework Gebreegziabher is the Deputy Chair and an Executive Committee member of the Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF). She has been a member of the TPLF since its formation as a rebel group in Tigray.

The state-run Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporations (EBC) has confirmed that Fetlework Gebregziabher, also known as Monjorino by her colleagues, was replaced by Melaku Alebel.

EBC did not disclose why and h

Injustice is Never Justifiable

By Abel Merawi

Injustice-never-justifiableJanuary 22, 2020 ( -- There are many issues I have not been able to figure out, yet I sometimes ponder to examine them and shed some light. Injustice is one of them. Nature may do us injustice, but at least the injustice is not done with prejudice. It envelops the good, the bad, and the indifferent. There is the question of whether nature is just or unjust, which still remains to be resolved. There is another form of injustice that brings more incomprehensible agony. The most intolerable and unacceptable injustice is the one done by human beings on other fellow human beings. This, I think, should be addressed to create a bet

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Mieso District in Eastern Ethiopia

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Mieso-Oromia-EthiopiaJanuary 21, 2020 ( -- The Mieso district in Oromia regional state of eastern Ethiopia was hit by an earthquake 5.0 in magnitude on the Richter scale, reports the Addis Ababa University Geophysics, Science and Astronomy Institute.

“We have reported earthquake incidence in Mieso in Oromia region based on the survey collected from our five stations including in Addis Ababa and at Ethio-Kenyan border," Dr. Atalay Ayele, Director of the Institute has said.

The moderate earthquake happened on Monday about 6:00 a.m. local time and was centered around the Oromo-populated Meiso district but it

At Least 10 People Dead in Gondar During Epiphany Celebrations

By Staff Reporter

Timket-10-dead-GondarJanuary 20, 2020 ( -- At least 10 people died and more than a hundred others wounded in annual Timket or Epiphany celebrations in Gondar city of northern Ethiopia after big wooden seat carrying thousands of people fell down due to overload.

“The accident has left at least ten celebrants dead and more than 100 others injured. The victims include two foreigners and two police officers,” Tesfa Mekonnen, Peace and Security Division Head of the city said.

Timket literally means "Baptism" is the Orthodox Tewahedo celebration of Epiphany. It is celebrated on January 19th (or 20th i

Ethiopia Promotes 65 Army Officers, Including 5 Women Generals

By Staff Reporter

Generals-Promoted-EthiopiaJanuary 18, 2020 ( -- Ethiopian President Sahelework Zewdie on Saturday granted high-level military titles to 65 senior army officers ranging from Brigadier General to Lieutenant General as presented to her by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

Accordingly, 40 Colonels were promoted to the rank of Brigadier General; 19 Brigadier Generals to Major General; and 6 Major Generals to Lieutenant General posts. Five of the new generals are women, an unprecedented step in Ethiopian military history.

The promotion of six officers to Lieutenant General rank is a generous step compared to previous years.

35,000 University Students Out of Campuses due to Violence: Minister

By Staff Reporter

Hirut-WoldemariamJanuary 16, 2020 ( -- Ethiopian Minister of Science and Higher Learning Institutions Professor Hirut Woldemariam said more than 35,000 university students have left universities to their families due to the protracted violence occurring on the university grounds.

In a consultative forum held in Addis Ababa, the minister said 640 students, 40 teachers and 240 administrative employees who were allegedly involved in conflicts in 22 campuses have been suspended across the country.

Hirut said her ministry is considering re-placing university students as part of an effort to solve the unfolding conflicts. She

Education Demands of the Future

By Abel Merawi

Future-EducationJanuary 16, 2020 ( -- The advantages of human beings over animals has been a topic of discussion for generations. While some believe it is because humans are made by the image of the creator, others believe it is because we have developed intellectual abilities through the evolutionary process. Recently, scholars such as Francis Fukuyama argued that it is not the individual abilities of human beings but rather the collective experiences and abilities of humans that helped us dominate the world. Our collective experience and knowledge remains available for all human beings across space and time because of language. This unique ab

NEBE Sets Election Day to August 16 Tentatively

election-ethiopia-Aug2020January 15, 2020 ( -- The Nation Election Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) has tentatively set the upcoming national elections for August 16, 2020.

Speaking to reporters, the Chair of the Board, Birtukan Mideksa, said the tentative election date is set to Sunday, August 16, 2020. Election result for regions will be disclosed between August 17 and August 21, according to the board chair.

The NEBE will officially disclose regional election maps on March 3, 2020.

Voter registration will take place from April 7 to May 7, 2020, it was indicated. The board also disclosed that the election campaign will take place from M


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