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TPLF Will Not Recognize Ruling Party after Next September: TPLF Official

By Staff Reporter

TPLF-Tigray-electionsJune 27, 2020 ( -- The Tigray region governing party will not recognize the ruling Prosperity Party as a federal government of Ethiopia as of next September, TPLF high-level official has said.

Getachew Reda, Executive Member of Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF), told VOA Amharic Service that the relationship with the administration in Addis Ababa will be determined by the winning party of the planned election to be held in Tigray region late August.

According to Executive Member, Tigray region does not have any intention to be a self-governing nation but the possibility for the regi

Ethiopian Government Orders Former Officials Return State Vehicles, Houses

By Staff Reporter

TPLF-Federalist-ForcesJune 27, 2020 ( -- The Ethiopian council of ministers has ordered all former political office holders in the country to immediately return government vehicles and houses in their custody.

In its recent meeting, the council of ministers recalled that several former political office holders are still in possession of official vehicles attached to government offices while living in state-owned houses.

On June 25, 2018, the Council of Ministers chaired by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed passed decision allowing all former political appointees to enjoy special benefits including using state vehicles along

A 114-year Old Ethiopian Man Survives COVID-19 Infection

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Aba-Tilahun-Covid-19June 27, 2020 ( -- A 114-year old Ethiopian man has survived a coronavirus infection and was discharged from Eka Kotebe COVID-19 treatment center in Addis Ababa.

The recovery of Priest Aba Tilahun created a bright moment for doctors who were battling the pandemic at the front line in the treatment center where the majority of COVID-19 patients in Ethiopia are being hospitalized.

Dr. Yared Agidew, one of the doctors who treated the old man, posted on his Facebook page about the man's remarkable recovery after being admitted at the hospital with the virus which is usually fatal for patients who a

NEBE Refutes Tigray State Council’s Request to Conduct Election

By Staff Reporter

Tigray-ElectionsJune 26, 2020 ( -- The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) on Wednesday refuted the request forwarded to by the Tigray state’s council to organize a regional election.

NEBE’s refusal comes after the council of Tigray had notified the board of its decision to conduct the 6th regional election.

The regional council also requested the board to accept its decision and make the necessary preparations, including manpower and logistics, to organize the election.

The board in a statement said it will not conduct elections in any part of the country until the co

Ethiopia Launches Nationwide Antibody Test for COVID-19

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COVID-19-antibodyJune 22, 2020 ( -- Ethiopia has launched a coronavirus antibody test that could help the government better understand the degree of immunity of those people who recovered from COVID-19 infection.

The antibody test also aims to help find out infection rates and curb the spread of the pandemic among those communities who are vulnerable to the disease, the Ethiopian Public Health Institute said in a statement.

According to the Institute, the antibody test will take place until July 14, 2020, on those people who were recovered from the virus.

The antibody test would be made on about f

Millions Observe Annular Solar Eclipse in Ethiopia

By Staff Reporter

Solar-Eclipse-EthiopiaJune 21, 2020 ( -- Ethiopia saw the annular Solar Eclipse on Sunday, June 21, 2020, to the delight of millions of spectators in the western and northern parts of the country.

The annular solar eclipse began from central Africa, passed to Sudan, and the highlands of Ethiopia in and around Lalibela, Enjibara and Alamata towns and Bahir Dar City and surrounding areas as well as in different districts of Oromia, Amhara and Tigray regional states of the country.

The annular solar eclipse is also known as “ring of fire” was visible partially and fully for about two minutes and 46 second

Ethiopia to Use Dexamethasone for Critically Ill COVID-19 Patients

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Covid-19-rule-relaxed-EthiopiaJune 19, 2020 ( -- Ethiopian Ministry of Health has recommended the use of dexamethasone for the treatment of coronavirus patients who are critically ill.

Health Minister, Dr. Lia Tadesse said her ministry recommends the emergency use of low dose Dexamethasone for COVID-19 patients who require oxygen and/or mechanical ventilation for treatment.

The recommendation followed an extensive study conducted by the Ethiopian Health Professionals and National Advisory Council over the impact of the drug on the treatment of the pandemic.

According to the Minster, the details of this tr

Ketman: Living in Disguise to Gain Acceptance

By Abel Merawi

Captive-Mind-KetmanJune 17, 2020 ( -- Imagine living in the Orwellian world of totalitarianism as portrayed in his classic work, ‘1984’. In this world, everything you say and do is monitored by the government. If you deviate from the life prescribed for, you will face the wrath of the powerful. You may find the seemingly innocent conversation you have with family, friends, and colleagues as a means to vent your emotions and reveal your true identity. But you can no longer trust them for they might be cadres or informants. Living in constant fear, you hide your identity in the inner part of your mind. With this resolution, you beg

TPLF Rejects Separate Talks with Federal Government

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Debrestion-TPLFJune 17, 2020 ( -- The Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) will not hold any separate talks on national issues with the ruling Prosperity Party (PP), excluding other political forces, Chairperson of the front Debretsion Gebremichael has said.

The Tigray region Communication Bureau quoted Debretsion who is also deputy president of the region as saying that the disagreement between the federal and Tigray region can be solved through reaching national consensus in which all concerned parties are involved.

Debretsion’s remark comes after religious leaders and scholars suggested for immediate talks betwee

Religious Leaders to Mediate Dispute Between Federal Government and TPLF

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/Inter-religious-group-EthiopiaJune 15, 2020 ( -- Leaders of the Inter-Religious Council and Elders Consultative Forum of Ethiopia are to mediate federal government and the Tigray regional administration as the political disputes between them escalate.

The mediating team consisting of representatives of seven religious institutions and scholars will leave for Mekele on Tuesday to start the negotiation.

Public Relations Head of the council Haji Mesud Adem told DW Amharic service that the mediating team has already got the approval from Mekele.

“The negotiation will focus on breaking the silenc

PP, TPLF Fail to Reach Agreement over Sharing of Property: NEBE

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TPLF-PPJune 15, 2020 ( -- The Ethiopian ruling Prosperity Party (PP) and the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) have failed to reach agreement over the sharing of property belonging to the former ruling party of the country, National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) has disclosed.

The board, in February this year, decided PP get three-fourth and TPLF one-fourth of the wealth of the Ethiopian Peoples Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) which was once the most powerful ruling coalition.

In a statement issued on Saturday, the board said the parties have failed to establish a joint committee that will make an inventory of as

Government Says Several Parties Involved in Abduction of University Students

By Staff Reporter

Dembi-Dollo-Kidnap-VictimsJune 15, 2020 ( -- The government of Ethiopia has announced the involvement of several parties in the abduction of Dembi Dolo University students in September last year with some members of the parties monitoring the kidnap from Addis Ababa.

Speaking to local media, Prime Minister Office's Press Secretariat Head Nigusu Tilahun said the government has found out that the kidnap was not carried to get a ransom but a pre-arranged and calculated tactic.

No one has claimed responsibility for the abduction since December but Oromia regional officials have blamed the ar

Differed Elections May Lead to Large-Scale Uprisings: Opposition Parties

By Staff Reporter

OLF-OFC-ONLFJune 12, 2020 ( -- Prominent Oromo opposition political parties have accused the government of making a “unilateral decision” to extend the 6th general elections which were scheduled for August 29, 2020.

The Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) also opposed the postponement of the election and described the decision as a sudden and profound halt of the democratization process in the country.

The political parties’ complaints come after the Ethiopian House of Federation (HOF) passed the decision allowing Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to remain in power until the spreading COVID-19 pandemic is over.

The System and the 'Criminal'

By Abel Merawi

Nelson-MandelaJune 12, 2020 ( -- “Until the lions learn to write, every story glorifies the hunter.” This is an African proverb that tells the story of the oppressed. It shows how the system, run by the powerful, has the power to label those who oppose it as criminals. Consider the following three cases to understand the concept.

Nelson Mandela was labeled criminal and served 27 years in prison to be released in 1990. Only four years later, he became the first black president of South Africa and served his country from 1994-1999.

Rosa Parks began her activism by rebelling against a system of oppression. She was bro

Ethiopian House of Federation Extends Government Tenure

By Staff Reporter

House-Federaion-EthiopiaJune 10, 2020 ( -- The Ethiopian House of Federation (HOF) on Wednesday extended the tenure of the government until the next elections and a transfer of power takes place.

The house also extended the terms of the councils of the federal, regional, and executive bodies until the impacts of coronavirus pandemic are over.

The house’s decision followed a report submitted to it by the Constitutional Inquiry Committee, an advisory body that dwelt and gathered information about whether the 6th general election can be postponed through legal means without causing a constitutional crisis.

Ethiopian Economy to Grow by 6 Percent Despite Pandemic: PM Abiy Ahmed

By Staff Reporter

PM-Abiy-Ahmed-GrowthJune 8, 2020 ( -- Ethiopian economy is forecast to grow by 6 percent this concluding fiscal year of the country amid global coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has said.

Speaking at the 5th extraordinary session of the parliament on Monday, Abiy said Ethiopia is likely to register 6 percent economic growth, down by 3 percent from previous forecast owing to COVID-19 pandemic.

The premier told the MPs that the outbreak COVID-19 pandemic has brought about not only challenges but also opportunities enabling the nation to register 16 percent growth on the export sector. The Ethiopian export

Ethiopian Speaker of House of Federation Resigns

By Staff Reporter

Keria-Ibrahim-resignedJune 8, 2020 ( -- Escalating tensions between the Tigrayan People's Liberation Front (TPLF) and the central government, Keria Ibrahim has resigned as speaker of the House of Federation (HOF) of Ethiopia over the postponement of the Ethiopian general elections.

Keria was named as speaker of HOF in April 2018 after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed came to power and won the hearts of the majority of the Ethiopian public.

Several people had anticipated her resignation as the controversy between the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) to which she is a member and the ruling Prosperity Party (PP) esca

Trust as an Economic Force

By Abel Merawi

Trust-EconomyJune 8, 2020 ( -- Most economic theories begin with the assumption that personal and selfish interests are the primary driving forces of the economy. While there is some truth in this hypothesis, it practically fails since it leaves out a major economic force – trust. As our economic life is the reflection of our social life, assuming we are only interested in gratifying our self-interest cannot explain many areas of our lives. It doesn’t explain why we help strangers or why we even support our family. Such social conduct could be explained when we include trust and other social virtues in the calculation. In the following

At Least 90 Ethiopian Health Workers Tested Positive for COVID-19

By Staff Reporter

Health-workersJune 8, 2020 ( -- At least 90 Ethiopian health workers have tested positive for the novel coronavirus as the number of citizens infected by the pandemic rises to 2020 across the country.

The health workers contracted the virus from outgoing patients in various health centers across the country, Minister of Health Dr. Lia Tadesse said in a daily briefing.

Dr, Lia said most of the cases which make up 91 percent of the total infections among the health community are in Addis Ababa.

The pandemic has already claimed the lives of 27 Ethiopians and seven deaths, the highest ever was reported on Sunday.

Oromia State Accuses TPLF of Launching Armed Campaign

By Staff Reporter

TPLF-OLFJune 6, 2020 ( -- The Oromia regional state has accused the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) of joining the rebel Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) in an armed campaign with several troops from Tigray state fighting the government in western Ethiopia.

Briefing journalists on Friday, the Oromia region’s deputy police commissioner Girma Gelan blamed TPLF for launching armed struggle and deploying soldiers who were fighting along with militants of the separatist OLF to overthrow the federal government.

“Several army members of TPLF have been identified as fighters together with OLF Shene mi


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