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General Kinfe Dagnew, General Tekleberhan Woldearegay Arrested

Kinfe-Dagnew-ArrestedNovember 13, 2018 - Former Director General of state-owned Metals and Engineering Corporation (METEC), Brigadier General Kinfe Dagnew, was arrested, according to FBC report.

According to the report, citing Ethiopian Attorney General Berhanu Tsegaye, General Kinfe Dagnew was arrested as he was trying to flee to Sudan via Humera in Tigray regional state.

He arrived in Addis Ababa today in a helicopter. He is expected to appear in court no later than 48 hours after his arrest.

Video recorded by Ethiopian security forces, and shown on Ethiopian Television, shows General Kinfe Dagnew surrounded by secuirty people. He was then

Ethiopia Detains 63 Officials for Rights Abuses, Corruption

Ethiopian-Security-officials-arrestedNovember 12, 2018 - Ehiopia has detained a total of 63 individuals on suspicion of committing human rights abuses and corruption, the Attorney General of Ethiopia disclosed today.

Attorney General Berhanu Tsegaye told local journalists today the detention comes after five months of investigations.

According to the statement he made, 36 of the suspects were detained in connection with human rights abuses mainly abuses of political prisonsers jailed for terrorism. The remaining 27 individuals were detained for serious corruption cases.

In particular, he singled out the Metals and Engineering Corporation

Illicit Firearm Inflow into Ethiopia Increasing - Police

By Staff Reporter

Illicit-arms-flow-increasingNovember 12, 2018 - Ethiopia has become destination for illicit firearms in the last few months mainly due to trafficked from neighboring Sudan, says Ethiopian Police.

The inflow of firearms has increased after high demanded was created in Ethiopia where ethnic clashes are occurring in various parts of the country.

Organized Crime Investigation Director Commander Ketema Debalkie over the weekend said that police has sized thousands of new Turkish made firearms largely pistols, machine guns, Kalashnikovs and bullets while flowing into western and northern Ethiopia primarily fro

More Than 40 Former METEC Officials Detained in Ethiopia

METEC-officials-arrestedNovember 10, 2018 - More than 40 former officials of the Metals and Engineering Corporation (METEC) and members of intelligence community have been detained, according to the Reporter.

METEC management and members of intelligence forces were detained yesterday, November 9, 2018, the report discloses.

The Ethiopian government government has so far not disclosed whether anyone is detained from METEC, much less who these former METEC officials were.

They were taken into custody while they were meeting in the Gerji area in Addis Ababa, in the former Imperial Hotel which the Corporation bought and renamed the Am

Ethiopian Police Discovers Mass Grave of 200 People

Oromia-Somali-BorderNovember 9, 2018 - Ethiopian police disclosed that a mass grave has been found with remains of some 200 people in the border between Oromia and Somali regions, according to FBC report.

According to the report, police were carrying out a court-ordered investigation for evidence of alleged abuses by forces loyal to the former president of the Somali region, Abdi Mohammed, who is now in detention.

Abdi Mohammed, also known as Abdi Illey, was President of Somali regional state of Ethiopia from 2005 until August 6, 2018.

The current Ethiopian government in Addis Ababa

Ethiopian Economy to Grow 8.5 Percent this Fiscal Year - IMF

By Staff Reporter

Ethiopian-economic-growth-8.5pctNovember 7, 2018 - The Ethiopian economy is forecasted to grow by 8.5 percent this Ethiopian fiscal year which will end on July 7, 2019, according to IMF Economic Outlook for Africa.

According to the IMF’s outlook seen by Ezega.com on Thursday, Ethiopia will continue to be the fastest growing economy in Sub Saharan Africa followed by Rwanda with predicted growth rate of 7.8 percent and Senegal 6.7 percent.

Deputy Director IMF’s African Departments David Robinson told Ezega.com that Ethiopia’s growth was driven by the service sector and improved domestic and fore

We Should Work for Peace and Stability in Ethiopia - Berhanu Nega

Berhanu-Nega-Ginbot-7November 7, 2018 - In an interview he gave to Reuters, the leader of Ginbot 7 Dr Berhanu Nega said we have a real chance now to use this change to make Ethiopia peaceful and democratic. We should all work for peace and stability in Ehiopia, he said.

Dr. Berhanu Nega ran for election in 2005 and his party won several municipal seats. The results were, however, annuled by the then Prime Minister of the country Meles Zenawi.

He was subsequently jailed for two years and freed in 2007. He left the country soon after to resume teaching economics professor at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania.

He then left the US and w

Former President Mulatu Teshome Awarded National Medal of Honor

Mulatu-Teshome-Medal-HonorNovember 5, 2018 - Former President of Ethiopia Mulatu Teshome was awarded Ethiopia's highest Medal of Honor at national palace yesterday.

In attendance were Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, former Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, senior government officials, former Presidents Girma Woldegiorgis and Dr. Negasso Gidada, and member of opposition political parties and diplomats.

Marking the event, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said the event is organized to bestow recognition for the remarkable achievements of leaders.

The Prime Minister said the former President Mulatu Teshome deserves the award for his outstanding ac

International Finance Corporation Working on Solar Power Project in Ethiopia

IFC-solar-project-ethiopiaNovember 3, 2018 - The International Finance Corporation (IFC) is working on solar power project in Ethiopia to generate 500 megawatt of electricity, according to the Reporter.

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) is the private sector of the World Bank. The news comes following $1.2 Billion grant this weel to Ethiopia by the World Bank.

According to The Reporter, Sergio Pimenta, vice president of IFC for the Middle East and Africa said that IFC is running a program called “Scaling Solar” in which the development financier will scale-up investments for the production of 500MW of solar power.

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USAID Builds Three Health Centers in Amhara Regional State

USAID-health-clinics-EthiopiaNovember 1, 2018 - The United States USAID Built three health centers in Amhara regional state of Ethiopia, according to FBC report.

The three newly constructed health centers were handed over to the Amhara health bureau this week, according to the report.

The project was funded by U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) using U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), according to a statement sent by the US embassy.

PEPFAR is the U.S. government’s response to the global HIV/AIDS epidemic and represents the largest commitment by any nation to address a single dise

Ethiopia Appoints Meaza Ashenafi as First Woman Supreme Court President

By Staff Reporter

Meaza-Ashenafi-Supreme-CourtNovember 1, 2018 - Ethiopia appointed Meaza Ashenafi as the first woman Supreme Court President of Ethiopia, replacing Dagne Melaku who resigned from the post for undisclosed reasons.

Her appointment was unanimously endorsed by over 500 MPs in parliament, as was the case for selection of the first woman president last week picked by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

Two weeks ago, reformist Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed government announced unprecedented cabinet with gender balance in which 10 women were selected for ministerial positions, a step that was lauded the world over.

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Armed Groups in Western Ethiopia Closely Watched - Defence Minister

By Staff Reporter

Ethiopian-Defense-MinisterOctober 31, 2018 - Ethiopian Defense Minister Engineer Ayisha Mohammed said her army is closely following activities of armed groups in Qelem Wollega of Oromia regional state of western Ethiopia.

Her remark followed reports of large rallies across western Oromia, supporting the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) and rejecting the government’s plans in Addis Ababa to disband OLF troops.

The rallies involved skirmishes and roadblocks, stemming partly from uncertainty over an agreement the recently returned OLF made with the government.

“It is true that armed groups are roaming aroun

Former Ethiopian Foreign Minister Colonel Goshu Wolde Returns Home

By Staff Reporter

Goshu-Wolde-returns-homeOctober 30, 2018 - Former Ethiopian Foreign Minister Goshu Wolde returned home after 32 years of exile in America. Colonel Goshu Wolde was Ethiopia's foreign minister during the DERG period from 1983-86. His return follows the call the government made to Ethiopian expatriates to return home and be part of the peaceful development.

He said the current political activities have paved the way for him to revisit his country. He has also hailed activities undertaken by the government to broaden the political landscape in the country.  

He said the changes and reform moves call for collaborated ef

Thousands of Demonstrators Demand Justice for People of Wolkaite, Alamata Areas

By Staff Reporter

Amhara-demonstrationsOctober 29, 2018 -- Tens of thousands of demonstrators on Sunday took the streets of Bahir Dar, Gondor, Dessie and Debre Birhan cities and surrounding areas of the Amhara regional state of Ethiopia.

The demonstrators called on the federal government to interfere over the identity questions of the people living in Welqait, Raya and Alamata zones.

Welqait, Raya and Alamata towns have been administered by the Tigray regional state after the ruling EPRDF introduced a federal system and established language based regional boundary some 27 years ago.

“Our brothers and sisters in Wolqait and Alama

Tigray Opposition Parties Arena Tigray and TAND Agree to Work Together

Arena-TAND-agreementOctober 29, 2018 - Arena Tigray for Democracy and Sovereignty (Arena) and Tigray Alliance for National Democracy (TAND) have signed an agreement to work together, according to the Reporter. Citing deputy chairperson of Arena, Goytom Tsegay, the two parties have agreed to work together and possibly merger in future.

Both Arena Tigray and TAND were established by former members of the Tigrayan People's Liberation Front (TPLF).

Arena Tigray was established by former members of the TPLF, including former Tigray President Gebru Asrat, after fallout with Meles Zenawi over Ethio-Eritrea war in 1998-2000.

TAND was established in

PM Abiy Ahmed Discusses Raya Unrest with Tigray, Amhara Administrators

PM-discusses-Raya-issueOctober 27, 2018 - Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed met with senior officials today regarding the recent unrest in Raya area of Tigray regional state in Ethiopia. He met with Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen, the Speakers of the two Houses, and the Chief Administrators of Amhara and Tigray regional states over the current situation in Raya and its surroundings.

According to Fitsum Arega, Chief of Staff at the Prime Minister’s Office, the meeting concluded that any issue related to identity needs to be handled peacefully and accordancing to the Constitution.

Last week, demonstrators took to the streets of Alamata town deman

Demonstrators Demand Justice for Attacks in Benishangul Gumuz State

By Staff Reporter

Nekemte-Oromia-EthiopiaOctober 27, 2018 - Thousands of demonstrators on Saturday took to the streets of Nekemet city in Oromia regional state in Ethipia. The Demonstrators Demand Justice for Attacks in Benishangul Gumuz State, asking the government take legal measures against those forces who allegedly killed at least 50 people in Benishangul Gumuz regional state in western Ethiopia.

Last month, more than 100,000 ethnic Oromos and Amharas, mainly from Kamashi zone of Benishangul Gumuz state, fled planned attacks from their neighborhoods and sheltered in bordering east and west Welega zones of Oromia regional state.
 

Ethiopia Names First Woman President

By Staff Reporter

Ethiopian-First-Woman-PresidentOctober 25, 2018 - Ethiopia named the first woman president on Thursday named Sahle-Work Zewde. The Ethiopian parliament on Thursday appointed Ambassador Sahle-Work Zewde unianimously as the country’s first woman president.

Sahle-Work Zewde replaced Dr. Mulatu Teshome who announced his resignation the same day as the country’s head of state at the joint special session of the House of People’s Representatives (HPR) and the House of Federation (HoF).

The national parliament last week endorsed a new cabinet in which half of the ministerial portfolios were taken up by wom

Ethiopia to Get Its First Woman President - Reports

Ambassador-Sahle-Work-ZewdeOctober 24, 2018 - Ethiopia will get its first woman president tomorrow according to some Ethiopian media reports. The Ethiopian government has not disclosed any information so far, but the Ethiopian parliament is set to vote tomorrow to make it official, according to these reports.

Ethiopian online media, including Addis Standard, are reporting that Ambassador Sahle-Work Zewde will replace President Mulatu Teshome as of tomorrow, Thursday this week.

Ambassador Sahle-Work Zewde, a top official with the United Nations, resigned from her UN job this week to clear way for her appointment as President of Ehiopia, according to

Ethiopia to Celebrate Nationalities Day in December

Keria-Ibrahim-EthiopiaOctober 24, 2018 - Ethiopia will celebrate Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Day on December 8, 2018 in Addis Ababa, according to ENA report.

At a press conference, the House of Federation Speaker Keria Ibrahim said the 13th Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Day will be celebrated with special emphasis on Ethiopian unity more than ever.

She said the event will help to further strengthen people-to-people relations. Plan is under way to create awareness on balancing ethnicity and Ethiopian identity. she added.

The 13th Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Day will emphasize on bringing attitudinal change that has been negle

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