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Ethiopian Emperor in Exile: The Untold Story

Haileselassie-in-ExileBy Seble Teweldebirhan

May 20, 2017 ( - On May 5, 1941, Ethiopian Emperor Hailesellasie made a grand entry to the capital, Addis Ababa, pleased that after five years in exile, he was finally back to his country and the people who worshipped him. The day is now celebrated every year as the Patriot’s Victory Day. His return symbolizes the failure of Italy’s attempt to colonize Ethiopia. However, there has been a lot of controversy over the years on the emperor’s decision to exile when things got tough. There have also been different stories on how the king and his family coped up with life as refugee in England. The

Axum Obelisk to Get Renovated with 2 Million Euros

Axum-Oblesik-to-get-renovatedMay 16, 2017 - The 24 meter high Axum Obelisk will soon get renovated according to ENA report. An agreement was signed yesterday at Axum town between the Ethiopian government Authority for Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritages, a local company called MH Engineering, and an Italian consultant Studio Croci.

Authority Director-General, Yonas Desta, said the renovation of the obelisk is necessary because the device fitted on the obelisk to absorb shock has failed due to age, sun light and rain.

The Government of Ethiopia has allocated 2 million Euros for the renovation of the obelisk which is expected to be&n

UN Human Rights Commissioner Denied Access to Oromia, Amhara Regions

UN-HR-denied-full-accessMay 7, 2017 - United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, who paid an official visit to Ethiopia this week, expressed his concern over the misuse of legislations in Ethiopia to suppress human rights and basic freedoms, according to the Reporter. Among other things, he noted that his team was not commissioned to assess the human rights situation in Oromia and Amhara regional states.

During his official visit, the commissioner, Zeid bin Ra’ad Al Hussein, discussed issues related to human rights in the country with government officials, opposition leaders and civic society representatives.

On Thursday afternoo

Resource Depleted, Ethiopia Faces Killer Drought - Report

Ethiopia-drought-2017May 2, 2017 - The announcement by the United Nations in March that 20 million people in four countries were teetering on the edge of famine stunned the world due to the breadth of the humanitarian crisis faced by so many in 2017, reports the Washington Post.

Yet even as donors struggle to meet the severe needs in the war-torn nations of Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia and Yemen, another crisis, more environmental in nature, is taking place nearby — nearly unnoticed, according to the report.

On Thursday, the Ethiopian government increased its count of the number of people requiring emergency food aid from 5.6 million to 7.7 millio

Ethiopia Revises Up People in Need of Food Aid to 7.7M

Drought-affected-people-revised-upApril 27, 2017 - The number of people in need of emergency food aid has increased to more than 7 million, according to the National Disaster Risk Management Commission, reports FBC.
The number of people requiring aid at the beginning of 2017 decreased to 5.6 million people from 10.2 million people in 2016.

However, it increased to more than 7.7 million now, according to Abebe Zewdie, public relations director of the commission.

The increase is mainly attributable to the drought occurred in some lowland areas of Oromia, Amhara and SNNP regional states as well as due to lower Meher production than e

Ethiopian Commission Blames Excessive Force for Some Casualties

HRC-EthiopiaApril 23, 2017 - The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC), which has been investigating widespread protests and response to them by security forces in Oromia and Amhara regional states, has found regional and federal government security forces responsible for poor performance in responding to the crisis, which resulting in unnecessary killing of protestors, according to the Reporter.

The commissioner of EHRC, Adissu Gebregziabher (PhD), said that investigations, conducted in Oromia, Amhara as well as the Gedeo zone, focused on the causes and the scale of violence as well as the security forces’ handling of protestors particularly from July 2016 to ear

Ethiopian States of Oromia and Somali Agree to Resolve Boundary Dispute

Oromia-Somali-states-reach-agreementApril 20, 2017 - Ethiopian Somali and Oromia regional states inked an agreement to resolve problems related to administrative boundary demarcation, according to ENA.

The agreement is expected to address challenges facing while adjusting administrative boundary demarcations on border areas between the two states.

The agreement, signed by the Presidents of the two states, will enable them finalize demarcations of administrative boundary in all areas bordering the two states.

By doing so, the states are expected to avoid clashes between residents living around border areas.

Minister of

114 Individuals Sentenced for Corruption in Tigray - Commission

Tigray-114-individuals-sentenced-for-corruptionApril 18, 2017 - Tigray Regional State Anti-Corruption and Ethics Commission disclosed that 114 individuals were sentenced from one year to twenty years in prison for corruption, according to Walta news report.

Over 6 million ETB has been returned to government’s coffers, according to the report, as well as three villa homes which were illegally built but confiscated and sold with tender.

Commissioner Birhane Teklu said that surveyors, engineers and investors are among the detainees. 

The regional anti-corruption commission said it has provided training to more than 5500

669 Ethiopians Died During Unrest, Commission Discloses

Unrest-claimed-669-EthiopiansApril 18, 2017 - The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) said a total of 669 people were killed in the unrest that occurred in some parts of Amhara, Oromia and SNNP regional states in 2016, reports FBC.
The Commission released results of the investigation it carried out following the violence in the aforementioned three regional states.

The investigation was carried out in 15 zones and 91 towns of Oromia, 5 zones and 55 woredas (districts) in Amhara as well as in six zones in SNNP regional states.

The Commission said the unrest claimed 495 people (462 civilians, 33 security personnel) in Oromia, 140

Former Ethiopian Airliness Hostess Murdered by Her Maid in Bole

Former-Hostess-Murdered-BoleApril 15, 2017 - Hewan Sahle Argaw, a 29-year old graduate of Assay Public School and a former Ethiopian airlines hostess, was murdered by her maid last week, according to the Reporter. The six-month old bride and an expectant mother was allegedly murdered by her maid on Thursday, April 6, 2017.

The maid is said to have surrendered and, according to the Addis Ababa Police, she has confessed to the crime. According to her friends, Hewan was hit with a sharp object, thrown over stairs and sustained heavy burn over half of her body.

The maid was said to have made frantic calls to f

Ethiopian High Court Sentences 10 for GERD Attacks

GERD-attackers-sentencedApril 13, 2017 - The Federal High Court Fourth Criminal Bench has sentenced 10 members of the Benishangul People’s Liberation Movement (BPLM) ranging from nine years to life imprisonment, according to FBC report.

The ten individuals, including first and second defendants, Abdulwahib Mehadi Issa and Abdurahman Nasir, were found guilty of killing people after throwing hand grenade on a public transport vehicle headed to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

According to the charge sheets, the defendants crossed into Benishangul Gumuz regional state via Sudan three years ago after receiving military training in Eritrea

Amhara State Building 900M Birr Museum in Bahir Dar

Amhara-state-building-museumApril 13, 2017 - A cornerstone was laid to build Amhara People Museum at a cost of 900 million birr at the regional city Bahirdar., according to ENA

Amhara State Chief Administrator, Gedu Andargachew laid the cornerstone today.

Culture and Tourism Bureau Head, Dr. Hirut Kasaw said the museum will accommodate the history, culture, heritages as well as others treasures.

The first draft of the design of the museum that rests on 15,650 square meters is finalized, she said.

The construction of the Amhara People Museum that begins next Ethiopian year will be finalized within five years. 

EPRDF, Parties Continue Negotiations without Medrek, AAPO, Semayawi

Ethiopian-parties-agree-to-negotiateApril 11, 2017 - EPRDF and several opposition parties agreed upon regulations that will govern the negotiation to be held among them, according to ENA report. Some of the biggest opposition parties, Medrek, All Amhara People Organization and Semayawi Party are no longer taking part in the negotiations.

Six parties that proposed a neutral third party mediator in the last round agreed to continue the negotiations.

The parties have agreed to select three persons from among the parties to lead the negotiation permanently unless they are proven to lack neutrality and for mis

Political Reform Progressing Well, Says Ethiopian Ruling Party, EPRDF

Reform-going-well-EPRDFApril 10, 2017 - Encouraging results have been gained from the in-depth reform conducted across the country, says EPRDF, in its half-year performance evaluation of the second year of the second Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP-II).

In a communiqué issued to ENA, after completing the two-day deliberations, the Council said the forums intended to bring in-depth reforms had carried out in accordance with the plan.

The Council evaluated that the discussions conducted at various levels among the leadership, members, public servants and the public, have created consensus on the major issues.

Evaluating the tendencies and actions of

Diaspora Housing Scheme Stalled for Lack of Land - FM

Ethiopian-FMApril 9, 2017 - The Diaspora Housing Scheme, which the government has offered to Ethiopians in the diaspora, was unable to proceed further due to the Addis Ababa City Administration’s failure to provide plots for the construction of the proposed houses, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said on Tuesday, according to the Reporter.

The scheme, which is more than two and a half years since its inception, is said to have attracted tens of thousands who have shown strong interest by registering through their respective embassies and consulates.

Minister of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), Workneh Gebeyehu (PhD) appeared before the House of Peoples’

Leadership Council Ethiopian Ruling Party Meeting This Week

EPRDF-Council-meetingApril 6, 2017 - The Council of EPRDF, Ethiopia's governing party, will meet tomorrow to evaluate first six-month performance of this Ethiopian fiscal year, according to FBC report.

The Council will mainly focus on evaluating the implementation of the Front’s ongoing deep-reform program as well as gains made after it, according to a statement office of the Council sent to FBC today.

The Council will also weigh up the execution of directions stated to fight against rent seeking, chauvinism, narrowness and corrupt practices for personal benefit, which are the main threats for the renaissance of the country.

Moreover, it is expecte

Two Zone 9 Bloggers to Face Charges of Inciting Violence - Report

Zone-9-bloggers-face-incitement-chargesApril 6, 2017 - Ethiopia's Supreme Court today ruled that two bloggers from the Zone 9 collective, previously acquitted of terrorism charges, should be tried instead on charges of inciting violence through their writing, according to CPJ. If convicted of the charge, Atnaf Berhane and Natnail Feleke would face a maximum prison sentence of 10 years, according to the report.

The court upheld the lower court's acquittal of two other Zone 9 bloggers, Soleyana S Gebremichael and Abel Wabella. Today's actions by the Supreme Court were a response to prosecutors' appeal of the October 2015 acquittal of all four.


Can Landlocked Ethiopia Restore Its Former Glory?

Landlocked-Ethiopia-former-gloryMarch 31, 2017 - Among its African contemporaries, Ethiopia stands out as one of the few countries that has existed in essentially the same form since antiquity, albeit under different names, according to analysis at STRATFOR. Its geographic position at the heart of the Horn of Africa has made it a crossroads for trade, helping it to maintain a continuity that has lasted from ancient times through the colonial era to today. While modern Ethiopia's interests are much more tightly focused on its core than the far-flung reach its ancient predecessors commanded, its geography still makes it a key player in global trade and regional

Ethiopian Parliament Extends State of Emergency by Four Months

Ethiopian-Parliament-extends-emergencyMarch 30, 2017 - Ethiopian parliament has extended the state of emergency it declared six months ago by four months, according to Al Jazeera report. The state of emergency was decreed after almost a year of often violent anti-government demonstrations.

The widely expected extension comes amid reports of continued violence and anti-government activities in some rural areas, according to the report.

At least 500 people were killed by security forces during the year of protests, according to New York-based Human Rights Watch group - a figure the government later echoed.

"We still have some anti-peac

EPRDF, Opposition Parties Fail to Agree on Moderator

Ethiopian-parties-disagreeMarch 30, 2017 - Ethiopian Political parties once again failed to agree on how to proceed on planned national dialogue, according to ENA. The new sticking point is on who should moderate the upcoming discussions, according to the report.

A group of six parties stressed on the need for a neutral moderator, while the majority, including the ruling party EPRDF, proposed that the dialoguing political parties lead the discussions by turns.

Medrek (Forum for Democratic Dialogue in Ethiopia), has failed to attend the meeting without giving any explanation.

President of the opposition Unity for Justice and Democracy Party, Ti


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