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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 Appoints Meaza Ashenafi as First Woman Supreme Court President

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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.


Ethiopia Names First Woman President

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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

Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome Stepping Down Tomorrow

Ethiopian-President-Stepping-DwonOctober 24, 2018 - Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome is stepping down tmorrow as President of Ethiopia, according state media reports.

No reason has been given for his resignation at this point. But many people speculate that this may have to do with power balance between the ethnic groups.

President Mulatu Teshome is an Ethiopian Oromo in ethnicity, as is the current Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed.

Following Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome Stepping Down Tomorrow, the House of People’s Representatives (HPR) and the House of Federation (HoF) will hold a joint special session to choose his replacemen

Former Somali Regional President Tried to Escape Prison - Ethiopian Police

Abdi-Illey-tried-escape-prisonOctober 19, 2018 - Police accused former Chief Administrator of Somali regional state, Abdi Mohamed Omer, of attempting to escape from prison, according to FBC reports.

Abdi Mohamed Omer, also know as Abdi Illey, was arrested following last August’s violence in the regional state.

Prior to his arrest, he has been President of Somali regional state of Ethiopia, as well as the Chairman of the Ethiopian Somali People's Democratic Party.

He was succeeded by current Somali regional president Mustafa Omer who came from exile and was one of the victims of Abdi Illey.

Ahmed Shide is the new Cha

Members of Ethiopian Army March on PM Office Asking for Raises

Army-meets-PMOctober 10, 2018 - In one of first in a very long while, representatives of members of the National Defense Force have reportedly marched on to Prime Minister's office located around the national palace today, October 10, 2018, to discuss salary, benefit packages, army structure and operation, and other issues.

The unprecented step has sent shock waves through the capital, where roads leading to and passing by the Prime Minister's office remained closed the whole afternoon, until 5pm, according to the Ethiopian Reporter.

It is also reported that the government shut down the internet following the event to prevent what they called fake news f

Benishangul Gumuz Requests More Federal Troops as Death Toll Reaches 44

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Benshangul-Gumuz-violenceOctober 2, 2018 - Armed gangsters have continued to attack innocent people in different parts of Benishangul Gumuz regional state of Ethiopia, so far killing at least 44 people and displacing tens of thousands, a senior Ethiopian official said on Tuesday.

Government Communication Affairs Bureau Head of the regional state Zelalem Jaleta in a presser said the attacks and violence have become beyond the control of members of the national defence forces deployed by the federal government on September 26, 2018.

The regional government calls on the federal government to deploy additional tro

At Least 20 People Dead in Ethnic Violence in Benshangul Gumuz Regional State

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Benshangul-Gumuz-EthiopiaOctober 1, 2018 - At least 20 people have been killed and hundreds injured due in the unfolding ethnic-based attacks in different places of Benishangul Gumuz regional state of western Ethiopia, senior officials disclosed on Monday.

Oromia Communication Affairs Burea Head Dr. Negere Lencho said the attack has been perpetrating against ethnic Oromo and Amhara nationals mainly living in Kemashi zone of the regional state where at least 70,000 affected people have left to different places mainly to neighboring Oromia regional state.

“In the attacks carried out in Kamashi zone bordering east and w

At Least Six Dead in Gambella in Protest Demanding Change

By Staff Reporter

Six-dead-GambellaSeptember 25, 2018 - At least six people were killed and several others injured in Gambella state of western Ethiopia after security forces opened fire against protesters who were demanding for change in local government.

The state’s Government Communications Affairs Head Gat Luak Wel said two people were stabbed to death on Sunday while the other four were gun down on Monday by security officers who were trying to break up the protest.

Witnesses told that the protesters were also demanding for ongoing political reform at the federal level to trickle down to their region as well.

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

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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

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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.


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

Engineer Simegnew Bekele Committed Suicide - Police Report

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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

At Least 40 Dead in Eastern Ethiopia

Somali-Oromia-ConflictAugust 14, 2018 - At least 40 people were killed by militia forces in eastern Ethiopia over the weekend, a senior regional official said on Monday, according to Reuters.

On Monday, the Oromiya regional administration’s spokesman Negeri Lencho said heavily armed members of a paramilitary force from the Somali region had carried out cross-border attacks in Oromiya’s East Hararghe district.

“We still do not know why Liyu forces raided the areas on Saturday and Sunday,” he said, referring to the paramilitary soldiers. “But we know that all the victims were ethnic Oromos. At least 40 were killed in t

Ethiopian Somali Region President Resigns

By Staff Reporter

Abdi-Iley-Somali-EthiopiaAugust 6, 2018 - The President of the Somali Regional State of Ethiopia, Abdi Mohammed Omar, has resigned from his post as President, according to the Reporter. According to region's communications affairs office head Idris Ismael, Abdi is reprotedly to have resigned after an extraordinary meeting of the regional party, the Ethiopian Somali People’s Democratic Party (ESPDP).

Abdi will be serving as the chair of the ESPDP, according to the report. The deputy president and head of the regional Water Resources Bureau, Ahmed Abdi, has been appointed to serve as acting president.

In a rel

Ethiopia Defense Forces Clash with Somali Militia in Jijiga

ENDF-Jijiga-EthiopiaAugust 4, 2018 - Ethiopian National Defense Forces have reportedly clashed with Somali region Liyu police, according to several media reports. The Ethiopian National Defense Forces arrived in Jijiga on Friday backed by tanks and helicopters. After a brief gunfight, the Ethiopian Defense Forces are reportedly to have taken over regional parliament and other government buildings, as well the region's TV and Radio stations.

There were unconfirmed reports indicating that the Ethiopian National Defense Forces have apprehended the region’s president, Abdi Mohamoud Omar, also known as ‘Abdi Iley’, who, accordin

Project Manager of Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam Simegnew Bekele Dead

By Staff Reporter

Simegnew-Bekele-GERD-EthiopiaJuly 26, 2018 - Project Manager of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) Engineer Simegnew Bekele has been found dead on Thursday in his car at Mesqel Square, a busy street of Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

The cause of his death is unknown but police said they are conducting investigation to identify the cause of his death.

Engineer Simegnew Bekele was a project Manager of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) since the start of the construction of Africa’s biggest dam in Guba district, Benishangul Gumuz regional state on Blue Nile River.

The dam is being bu


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