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Five Dead as Gang Tries to Disarm Police in Addis Ababa

Protests-Addis-AbabaSeptember 17, 2018 - Five people have died today due to clashes with the police, according to the Reporter. Addis Ababa was rocked byaa massive demonstration where residents of the city took to the streets to protest what they said is an ethnically charged attack on civilians over the weekend.

According to a statement by the Federal Police Commissioner General Zeinu Jemal, some organized groups in the demonstration tried to snatch firearms from the Police, resulting in the death of five protesters.

“One of the gangs even snatched a firearm from a police officer,” Zeinu told journalists, adding that other officers in the a

Financed Thugs Behind Attacks on Outskirts of Addis Ababa - Police

By Staff Reporters

Protesters-addis-ababaSeptember 17, 2018 - Federal Police Commissioner Zeinu Jemal said that the government will no longer tolerate thugs who are trying to disrupt the peace of society.

In a press conference on Monday in connection with the Saturday’s killings and destruction in and around Burayu, the commissioner said that hundreds of suspects have been put in custody and police is searching for more with the collaboration of the society.

He said police have reached the conclusion that there are people who were financed to deliberately disrupt the peace of the society and trying to give it the semblance of inter-ethni

Angry Protesters in Addis Ababa Condemn Mob Violence, Demand Justice

By Staff Reporter

Protests-addis-ababaSeptember 17, 2018 - Thousands of angry protesters voiced alarm with increasing insecurity on the outskirt of Addis Ababa after some of their relatives were killed and wounded perpetrated by what they referred to as “ethnic Oromo youth” or “Qerro”.

Ethnic based attacks continue to spread in towns of Oromia states surrounding the capital, Addis Ababa, including in Menagesha and Burayu, Kara and Sebeta towns where thousands of residents fled in different directions.

The attack also occurred in Ashewa Meda, Chereta and Berchiko, Anfo Meda  and other vicinities of the capital, Addis

Deadly Ethnic-Based Attacks Continue on Outskirts of Addis Ababa

By Staff Reporter

Violence-Burayu-EthiopiaSeptember 16, 2018 - Ethnic-based attacks continue to occur in parts of Ethiopia, this time in and around the town of Burayu in Oromia regional state located on the outskirts of the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

The attacks by ethnic Oromo youth were also going on in the periphery areas of the capital against non-Oromo people living in Ashewa Meda, Chereta and Berchiko vicinities.

The attack included deadly assault by sticks and knives against the residents, as well as the destruction of properties including blowing of cars’ and condo windows which has led people to flee the area.


EPRDF Council Concludes Meeting, Says Reform Constitutional, Party Reform Coming

EPRDF-Council-MeetingSeptember 15, 2018 - The Council of the Ethiopian People Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) concluded its regular session today, according to FBC report.

The EPRDF council has 180 members, 45 each from the four member parties of the EPRDF. The council's meeting follows the 36-member executive committee meeting of the ERRDF last week.

In the two-day session, the Council deliberated on current affairs as well as on discussion items for the 11th Congress of EPRDF, which is scheduled to take place later this month.

The Council hailed measures taken by the government to bring about stability, broaden political scope and

Thousands Welcome OLF Leaders Jubilant Return to Addis Ababa

olf-leaders-addis-ababaSeptember 15, 2018 - Leaders of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), including its leader Dawud Ibsa, who arrved in the Ethiopian capital on Saturdy were received by thousands of supporters.

The OLF leaders are the latest group who were previously banned from the country and are returning home following political reforms going on in the country.

The OLF delegation was welcomed at the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport by government officials and invited guests.

Speaking to journalists at the airport, Dawud Ibsa said, “Ethiopian youth, Qero and Ethiopia people in general, including

Ethiopian Police Arrests Rioters in Addis Ababa

By Staff Reporter

Addis-Ababa-RiotSeptember 14, 2018 - Ethiopian Police on Friday arrested unspecified members of Ethinc Oromo and Addis Ababa city dwellers who were allegedly involved in inciting violence in some parts of the capital, Addis Ababa.

The majority of the people were apprehended by the federal police at Arada sub city where they clashed with the city dwellers who claimed the Oromo nationals were heading to demolish Minilik II monument.

On Friday, anti-riot police have tightened security around Saint George Church where they used tear gas to disperse the rioters while the members of national defence forces patrol the capital with snipers

ANDM Considers Changing Name and Logo

ANDM-change-nameSeptember 13, 2018 - The Amhara National Democratic Movement (ANDM) is discussing plans to change its name and logo by taking into account the achievement levels of the Movement, according to FBC report.

According to Office of ANDM’s Central Committee, the following names are proposed for choice: Amhara People Democratic Party (APDP), Amhara Region People Democratic Unity Party (APDUP), Amhara People Democratic Organization (APDO), and Amhara People Democratic Movement (APDM).

The ANDM, like the other three parties forming the EPRDF, has been going through a lot of change internaly. Compared to what it was a few years ago, the organizati

Addis Ababa Rocked by Violence Over Flag Issue

By Staff Reporter

Violence-Addis-AbabaSeptember 13, 2018 - Members of Ethnic Oromo have faced strong resistance from residents of Addis Ababa, largely the youth, while the former attempted to replace the Ethiopian flag with Oromo Libration Front’s (OLF) flag in some parts of the capital.

The move by member of Ethnic Oromo comes ahead of OLF’s leaders arrival next Saturday from the US and Europe, including the chairman of the front, Dawud Ibsa.

Staff reporter of has learned that  the two groups entered into conflict after members of Ethnic Oromo youth were replacing the federal flag with OLF’s  red, green and

Head Ethiopian Investment Commission Resigns

Investment-Commissioner-ResignsSeptember 12, 2018 - The Commissioner of Ethiopian Investment Commission (EIC), Dr. Belachew Mekuria, has resigned from his post according to FBC report.

Mekonnen Hailu, EIC Public Relations Director, confirmed his resignation to FBC, according to the report.

Dr Belachew served as Commissioner was appointed to his position about four and half months. He replaced Fitsum Arega, the current chief of staff at the Prime Minister’s Office.

No reason was given for his resignation by the government.

Ethiopia under the new Prime Minister, Dr. Abiy Ahmed, is driving for major changes within the

Ethiopian Religious Leaders Call for Tolerance

Ethiopian-New-Year-2011September 10, 2018 - In a new year greetings, Ethiopian religious leaders called on fellow Ethiopians for tolerance and to live up to their history of living together in harmony, and avoid any acts of hatred and evil deeds in the New Year.

The religious leaders extended their best wishes to all Ethiopians in the coming New Year. Ethiopia’s new year 2011 starts on tomorrow, Tuesday.

Abune Mathias, Patriarch of Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church, said “new year celebration creates a positive attitude towards transformation and new goals in the new year,” according to FBC report.

Deputy President of the Et

Ginbot 7 Leader Calls for Presidential System in Massive Welcome Rally

By Staff Reporter

Ginbot-7-Rally-Addis-AbabaSeptember 9, 2018 - Tens of thousands people on Sunday welcomed leaders of Patriot Ginbot 7 for Unity and Democracy Movement at Addis Ababa national stadium where the movement’s leaders vowed to work with “reformists” within the ruling party EPRDF which was referred by the movement’s leader to as “dictator and undemocratic.”

The supporters welcomed about 250 officials of the previously outlawed opposition political party all the way from Addis Ababa Bole international airport to the national stadium which was packed with people carrying the now common green, yellow and red

Ethiopian Defense Forces Celebrate New Year in Mekelle

Defense-celebration-Mekelle-EthiopiaSeptember 8, 2018 - The Ethiopian National Defense Force North Division celebrated the Ethiopian New Year in Mekelle yesterday.

In attendance were President of Ethiopia Mulatu Teshome, Tigray Deputy Administrator Dr Debretsion Gebremichael, and Chief or Staff of National Defense Force Saare Mekonnen.

President Mulatu called on the National Defense Force to scale-up efforts to defending peace, the constitution, and sovereignty of the country.

Dr Debretsion Gebremichael said the Defense Force of Ethiopia is fulfilling its responsibilities given to it by the people and government of Ethiopia.

EPRDF Executive Committee to Reconvene Tomorrow

EPRDF-Exec-meetingSeptember 7, 2018 - The Executive Committee of the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) will convene yet another meet tomorrow, according to state reports.

The committee held its first meeting two weeks ago since the new Prime Minister was elected. This the second such meeting in two weeks time.

The executive committeis expected to deliberate on agendas that have not been previously discussed, according to Sadat Nesha, EPRDF’s public and external relations sector head.

The Committee will also make preparations and deliberate on report that would be presented at the 11th Congress

Engineer Simegnew Bekele Committed Suicide - Police Report

By Staff Reporter

Simegnew-committed-sucideSeptember 6, 2018 - Engineer Simegnew Bekele, the late Project Manager of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) committed suicide on the morning of July 26, 2018 in his Toyota Land Cruiser V8 car in Addis Ababa’s Meskel Square, Police disclosed

“The conclusion of all investigations has indicated that Engineer Simegnew Bekele was not attacked by somebody else; rather he committed suicide.” Zeyinu Jemal Federal Police Commissioner said in a joint pressconference on Friday.

The police’s report revealed that Simegnew owns the colt pistol with which he allegedly committed s

METEC Accused of Embezzling Billions from GERD Project

By Staff Reporter  

metec-GERD-ChargesSeptember 6, 2018 - Over eight billion birr has been embezzled from the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project by Ethiopian Metals and Engineering Corporation (METEC), a senior Ethiopian official has confirmed.

Speaking to the Media, CEO of the Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) Dr. Abrham Belay said METEC has received over 16 billion birr payment, as opposed to eight billion birr it was supposed to have received for less than 30 percent job it has done on the GERD project.

Since the launch of the project in 2011, METEC has been undertaking the electro-mechanical work of the GERD, including manufacture an

Construction Workers Call Off Strike at Ethiopian Grand Dam Project

Ethiopia-GERD-strikeSeptember 4, 2018 - Construction workers at the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project returned to work after days of strike, according to FBC report.

The workers went on strike for days demanding better pays and work benefits. They reportedly started work yesterday following an agreement reached with the contractor of the project, external relations director of the Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP), Misker Negash, told FBC today.

The contractor was hired by Italy’s Salini, the main contractor for the GERD.

Dr. Engineer Abrham Belay, CEO of EEP, successfully mediated between the workers and the contractor. The work

Lightning Strike Kills Two People in Northeastern Ethiopia

By Staff Reporter

Lightning-strike-Afar-EthiopiaSeptember 3, 2018 - Lightning strikes killed two people in Afar regional state in northeastern part of Ethiopia and claimed the lives of sheeps and goats.

The strike occurred around 10 PM yesterday at Fanti Resu Golina district of the regional state, one of Ethiopia’s developing regional states, with majority arid and semi-arid climate conditions.

It also claimed the lives of two sheep and 45 goats.

According to information reached to, the lightning strikes occurred in two places but within the same district.

Two people, six goats and two sheeps were ki

Ethiopian Airspace Safe and Secure - Aviation Authority

By Staff Reporter

Bole-International-AirportSeptember 3, 2018 - Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority says its airspace remains “very safe” and “highly secure” amid continuing strike by the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Air Traffic Controllers.

The Ethiopian air traffic controllers have been on strike since August 21, 2018, after disputes over pay and employment benefits.

Promotion and Public Relations Manager with the Authority, Anmut Lemma, told on Monday that the air traffic controlling works are going on smoothly with the remaining workers and by those employees who  discontinued the strike.


Ethiopia to Respect Pension Rights of Derg Military Personnel

Derg-Military-Pension-RightsSeptember 3, 2018 - The Ethiopian Ministry of National Defense disclosed that pension rights will be respected for eligible members of the Derg military personnel who were demobilized after 1991, when the Ethiopian Peoples Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) took over power. 

Citing information given by General Berhanu Jula, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Ethiopian Defense Force, Addis Zemen newspaper reported that the Ministry of Defense will collect the documents of those who were demobilized without pension rights due to different pretexts, to restore their rights.

It is to be recalled that members of the Ethiopian defense


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