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Ethiopia's New Cabinet Lineup with Part Affiliations

PM Halemariam DesalegnNovember 1, 2016 - Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn presented the much-anticipated cabinet reshuffle today. Though the ruling party formed government last year, it was forced to launch a “deep reform” following political turmoil that shook its legitimacy. The reshuffle of federal government ministers is said to be part of that process.

Hailemariam Desalegn told the parliament that the ten-plus Prime Ministerial advisory positions have been eliminated.

The positions of “Cluster Coordinators with the rank of Dep. Prime Minister” no longer exist.

Here are the ministerial appointments – along

PM Hailemariam Desalegn Forms New Cabinet

Ethiopian New CabinetNovember 1, 2016 - Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has announced members of the new cabinet as part of the government’s announced plan for deep reform and create effective and qualified leadership. The House has unanimously approved the cabinet.

The premier noted that the new crew of cabinet members is recruited in accordance with their education background, performance in their respective previous posts, knowledge and skill for the new responsibility and discipline. Some of the members of the previous cabinet are made to continue based their previous performances record shown in their respective posts, he said. Accordingly, the foll

Ethiopian PM Announces 21 New Ministers Amid State of Emergency

PM Hailemariam DesalegnNovember 1, 2016 - Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has announced a Cabinet reshuffle, following months of often-violent protests which led the government to declare a state of emergency.

Ethiopia’s parliament has unanimously approved 21 new appointees, the prime minister said Tuesday. He said the new ministers were picked for competence and commitment rather than “party loyalty."

The appointees include a new minister of foreign affairs, Workneh Gebeyehu, who replaces Tedros Adhanom, a former health minister who has been one of Ethiopia’s most recognizable public figures in recent years. Adhanom is

PM Meles Zenawi Passes Away

Meles Zenawi passes awayAugust 21, 2012 - The Ethiopian Government announced today that PM Meles Zenawi passed away yesterday. He is believed to have died in a European hospital where he has been receiving treatment for an undisclosed illness.

PM Meles led Ethiopian since 1991 after Col. Mengistu Hailemariam's government was deposed by a coalition front named EPRDF the leader of which was Meles Zenawi.

The Ethiopian Government further announced that Deputy Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegne will be the acting Prime Minister.

PM Meles Zena

Ethiopia Congratulates US on Death of Osama Bin Laden


By Yonas Abiye

Ethiopia Coomends US on Bin Laden DeathAddis Ababa, May 2, 2011 ( - It was just exactly at 4:30am (BST) when the US President Barack Obama declared the dramatic news of the death of Al Qaeda Leader, Osama Bin Laden, who was the mastermind of the most devastating attack on American soil in modern times and one of the most hunted man th

Libyan Foreign Minister, Rebels Meeting in Addis Ababa


By Staff Reporters

Libyan FM, Rebels meet in Addis AbabaApril 25, 2011 ( -- Seeking a possible solution to the present conflict in Libya, the country’s foreign minister and representatives of rebels are in Addis Ababa to meet with African Union officials, according to Reuters. Libyan rebels have already rejected an African Union-proposed plan to end the civil war earlier this month.


Ethiopia: 121 Prisoners to Face Terrorism Charges

Oromia Region EthiopiaApril 7, 2011 ( - More than 100 prisoners are likely to face terrorism charges in Ethiopia. On Thursday, the government reiterated that these prisoners are members of the outlawed Oromo Liberation Front, many of who cover up their terrorist activities in the guise of their membership of political parties.

Dismissing calls by the Human Rights Watch to release the Oromo prisoners, the Ethiopian Government on Thursday said it was preparing terrorism charges against 121 prisoners, who were arrested in different ra

Ethio Telecom Announces Improved Services, Lower Rates

Ethio TelecomApril 2, 2011 - Ethio Telecom introduces new products and tariffs including lower tariffs for mobile voice service, reduced price for new mobile SIM card and optimized broadband service packages which will become effective on April 1, according to the Reporter. The company has also put in place a flat rate tariff for the mobile voice service where nationwide call from mobile phones in one region to other mobile phones in another region will cost 72 cents at peak hours and 30 cents off-peak hours as of April 1.

The company has reduced the price of new SIM cards from the current

No Military Action Against Eritrea Unless Provoked - Advisor To PM

No imminent war with EritreaApril 1, 2011 ( - The Ethiopian Government has ruled out changing its strategy on Eritrea as long as there is no provocation from the latter’s side.

Redwan Hussien, adviser to the prime minister on Public Mobilization and Participation, says that the country is ready to follow a “non-intervention” strategy unless Eritrea takes a full-scale military course. Rejecting media reports of a possible military offensive against Eritrea, Redwan said that the Ethiopian Government did not enterta

Ethiopia to Start Construction of Grand Dam on Nile River

By Yonas Abiye

Ethiopiat to start construction of grand dam on nileAddis Ababa, March 30, 2011 ( -- Disregarding the pressure and warning from Egypt, the Ethiopian government officially announced the commencement of an almost 80 billion Birr grand dam project that could generate over 5,200 MW hydroelectric powers on Blue Nile River.

According to Ethiopian officials, the country has a plan quintupling the country’s hydro-electric power su

Heineken Offers 2.7 billion Birr for Bedele, Harer Breweries

By Yonas Abiye

Heineken Buying Bedele, Harer BeerADDIS ABABA, March 28, 2011 ( –The Netherland based brewery, Heineken, was declared today the winner of the bid for two of Ethiopia’s breweries, Harar Beer factory and Bedele Brewery S.C. Heineken offered Birr 2,742,400,000 (or USD 163,432,000) for the two breweries.


Ethiopian Imports Decline for the First Time in Ten Years

Ethiopian Import ExportMarch 23, 2011 -- Ethiopia’s import growth rate declined by one percent in the first six months of this fiscal year compared to the same period last year, for the first time in more than a decade, according to Capital.

According to a report, for the first time in more than ten years, Ethiopia’s imports are not showing any growth this year. Total imports in the first six months of the fiscal year (July-December 2010) dropped by 1 percent compared to the same period last year; non-oil imports showed an even larger decline of 3 percent during the same period.

Ethiopian plane makes emergency landing in Beirut

EthiopianJune 17, 2010 — An Ethiopian Airlines plane makes emergency landing in Lebanon after takeoff early on Thursday when crew noticed a door was rattling, AFP reports.

"The door had not been closed properly and some five minutes after takeoff, the pilot was able to return and land in Beirut safely and without having to signal an emergency," the official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

The Boeing 737-800 -- the same model as an Ethiopian Airlines jet which crashed off the Lebanese coast in January killing all 90 on

OLF, Al-Shabab Terrorist Plot Foiled - Ethiopia

Al-ShababMay 3, 2010 - OLF and Al-shabab Terrorists who were trained and assigned by the Eritrean Government to hamper the 4th national elections were brought under control, reports ENA.

Citing the National Intelligence and Security Service and Federal Police Joint Anti-Terrorist Taskforce press release, ENA reported the mercenaries of the Eritrean government were put under control while attempting to enter Ethiopia via the Somalia border.

Other terrorists, also sent by the Eritrean government, along with their arms were

Bomb Exlodes in Tigray Town, Kills Five, Wounds Twenty

TigrayApril 25, 2010 - An explosion at a cafe in Ethiopia's northern region of Tigray killed five people Saturday and wounded 20 others, reports Reuters. Ethiopian officials blamed the attack on neighboring Eritrea.

"This is an attack by the Eritrean government to deliberately disrupt the upcoming elections," said Micheal Abraha, Tigray's administrator. Ethiopia is scheduled to hold national elections on May 23.

The explosion on a market day in the town of Adi-Daero came only a day after two Eritrean rebel groups said they had killed 11 gove

British Geologist Killed in Ogaden, Ethiopia

OgadenApril 9, 2010 -- The 39-year-old geologist was killed on Monday near Danot, a town in the Warder zone of Ethiopia, in the conflict-stricken Ogaden region, reports BBC. He was working on behalf of the state-run Malaysian energy company Petronas.

He worked for IMC Geophysics International - which was subcontracted to Malaysian oil giant Petronas. It is believed he was attacked while driving alone in what officials have called an "act of banditry".

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: "We can confirm the

Killer Of Opposition Candidate Gets 15-Year Sentence

Gebru AsratMarch 13, 2010 – In a hasty ruling, a court in Tigray has convicted a man over slaying of an opposition parliamentary candidate, Aregawi Gebreyohannes, and gave him 15-year sentence, according to Sudan Tribune.

Aregawi Gebreyohannes of Arena-Tigray party was stabbed to death earlier this month in a bar he owned in Hitsat Village, in the northern Tigray.

Considering the Ethiopian criminal law, where murder offenses are punished by up to death, the judgment appeaars to be lenient one. However the court in its verdict

PM Meles Calls BBC Report Complete Lie

Meles ZenawiMarch 9, 2010 -- PM Mele Zenawi called BBC report saying that aid money was used for weapons and organizing the TPLF a complete lie. In an interview with The Independent he said that the BBC had fallen for lies put out by his political opponents on the eve of a general election in Addis Ababa next month.


Ethiopia Accuses Lebanese Government for Spreading Misleading Information

ET-209 CrashFebruary 24, 2010 - Ethiopia accused the Lebanese government for making misleading statements about the ET-409 crash for political gains, reports ENA. Ethiopia also called upon the President and Secretary General of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to intervene in the case. 

Briefing local journalists on the agenda, Transport and Communications Minister, Driba Kuma said on Wednesday the Lebanese government continued to provide incorrect and misleading information to media despite uncertainity about the cause of

We are finished, God have mercy on us - ET-409 Pilot

Ethiopian AirlinesFebruary 19, 2010 -- “We’re finished, God have mercy on us,” were the last sentence of the ET-409 Pilot, according to AS Safir newspaper, reports YaLibnan.

An unnamed source from the French Investigation and Analysis Bureau (BEA) told As-Safir newspaper that based on a preliminary report “human error was the cause of the deadly Ethiopian Airlines plane crash”

The analysis team met with Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Public Works and Transportation Ministe


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