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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.


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

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

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

Bomb Blast Injures Dozens in Addis Ababa Rally; Nine Officials Detained

Bomb-Blast-Addis-AbabaJune 23, 2018 - Bomb blast has injured more than eighty people in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, today. The incident happend at a political rally organized to support the new Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed. Hospitals have reported that as many as 154 people were injured, some 15 of them seriously.

It is also reported that one person is dead due to the bomb blast that happend.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed addressed the nation immediately, decalring that anti-peace and stability forces have failed and urged the Ethiopian people to continue with love and tolerance, and not with hate and violence as others do.

The governing party EPRD

Dangote Ethiopia Country Manager Shot Dead in Oromia

Dangote-Country-Manager-DeadMay 17, 2018 - Dangote Cement country manager in Ethiopia, Deep Kamara, was shot dead by assailants near the Dangote Cement Factory in Oromia region 85 kilometers west of Addis Ababa. The identity of the assailants for this murder in Adeberga woreda is not known.

His secretary and driver were also reportedly killed in the attack.

This marks a new escalation in the security situation of the country where locals in Oromia region are taking matters into their own hands. MIDROC owned gold mine was recently shut down because of protests from locals.

Aliko Dangote, the owner of Dangote Cement and the richest man in

Ethiopia: Abiy Ahmed Elected Chair of EPRDF

Abiy-Ahmed-Head-EPRDFMarch 27, 2018 - Ethiopia's ruling coalition party, the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), has elected Abiy Ahmed (PhD), as its chairman today, according to reports from FBC and the Reporter. Dr. Abiy Ahmed is currently Chairman of Oromo Peoples’ Democratic Organization (OPDO),.

The new party chief is expected to be the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, filling the post recently vacated by the outgoing Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.

No further information has been given as to who will be the deputy leader of the party or the government, nor the manner or details the election was

Ethiopian Council of Ministers Declares State of Emergency

Ethiopia-declares-state-emergencyFebruary 16, 2018 - For the second time in as many years, the Ethiopian government has declared a state of emergency effective immediately. No end date has been given for the state of emergency just declared.

The measure was decided by the Council of Ministers, according to state broadcasting EBC. The announcement follows just a day after the current Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn submitted his resignation, including as head of the EPRDF and his own regional party, SEDPM. He led Ethiopia since 2012.

The EPRDF is currently holding extensive discussions to choose a successor.

Ethiopian PM Hailemariam Desalegn Resigns

Ethiopian-PM-resignsFebruary 15, 2018 - In a surprise announcement, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has resigned from his position, including chairman of the EPRDF, Ethiopia's ruling party. While announcing his resignation, he said he hoped to end years of unrest and political upheaval and that his resignation was "vital in the bid to carry out reforms that would lead to sustainable peace and democracy".

Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn led Ethiopia since 2012.

According to latest information we recevied, the resignation was based on agreement by the four constituent

Dr. Debretsion Gebremichael Elected Chairman of TPLF

Debretsion-Gebremichael-elected-Chair-TPLFNovember 29, 2017 - Following a series of meetings and evaluations (gimgema) lasting several weeks, the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) has elected Dr. Debretsion Gebremichael as the new chairman of the organization. It is also learnt that Fetlework Gebreegziabher (a.k.a Monjono) was elected Deputy Chair of the TPLF.

Dr. Debretsion served as Deputy Chair of TPLF before the current changes, while Monjorno served as member of the executive committee.

Abay Woldu, the former chair of the organization, was removed from the 9-member executive committe of the front and demoted to jus

Ethiopia: Six People Dead in New Anti-Government Protests in Oromia

Protests-Oromo-EthiopiaOctober 12, 2017 - Anti-government protests broke out again this week in Ethiopia’s Oromia region. Hudreds of people marched through the streets of the town of Woliso.

Ethiopian government official said protests in region left six people dead on Wednesday in anti-government demonstrations, according to AP report.

Oromia regional official Abiy Ahmed says more than 30 people were also injured in the clashes in Shashamane town and an area called Boke. He did not say who was responsible for the killings.

It is unclear who the protesters clashed with because reports by Amharic service of German broadcaster, D

Ethiopian National Bank Devalues Currency by 15 Percent

Ethiopia-devalues-currencyOctober 10, 2017 - Ethiopian central bank devalued the Ethiopian Birr by 15 percent on Tuesday, the first in seven years to boost lagging exports, according to reports.

The birr was quoted by the National Bank of Ethiopia at a weighted average of 23.4177 against the dollar on Monday, compared to what will be 26.9215.

"The devaluation was made to prop up exports, which have stagnated the last five years owing to the birr's strong value against major currencies," Yohannes Ayalew, the bank's vice governor, told a news conference in the capital Addis Ababa.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World

Ethiopian House Speaker Resigns

Abadula-Gemeda-resignsOctober 7, 2017 - Abadulla Gemeda, Ethiopia’s Speaker of the House of the Peoples' Representatives, resigned from his post, reports the Ethiopian weekly reporter. Abadulla’s letter of resignation was submitted to the Ethiopian People Revolutionary Democratic Front Executive Committee, stating personal reasons as the cause of the resignation.

So far no one has come with full explanation for the resignation. However, some sources speculate federal handling of the border conflict with Somali region and last year protests as reasons for the resignation.

Sources close to the matter confirmed that his resignation was su

Intense Fighting Between Cities of Babile and Harar in Ethiopia - US Embassy

Fighting-Babile-Harar-EthiopiaAugust 11, 2017 - The United States embassy in Ethiopia announced that the main road from Addis Ababa to Jijiga has been blocked by security forces between the cities of Babile and Harar due to intense fighting including gunfire.

Ethiopian Defense Force troops are arriving in the area, and the road is not passable.  The Embassy has also recommended that U.S. citizens avoid travel between Babile and Harar at this time. 

“As always, review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates. Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appro


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