| Dr. Debretsion Gebremichael Elected Chairman of TPLF
November 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
October 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
October 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
October 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
August 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
| Ethiopia Lifts State of Emergency
August 4, 2017 - After four month extension, the government of Ethiopia today announced that the ten month long state of emergency has come to an end. The decree was imposed ten months ago following nationwide protests and chaos. The decree has been considered by many as the government’s attempt to silent dissents, and many opposition and human rights groups have been calling for its removal. During the ten-month period, more than 10,000 people who have been suspected of taking part in the protests were arrested. Some of them, according to the government, were found guilty and are still in prison.
| Ethiopian Parliament Extends State of Emergency by Four Months
March 30, 2017 - Ethiopian parliament has extended the state of emergency it declared six months ago by four months, according to Al Jazeera report. The state of emergency was decreed after almost a year of often violent anti-government demonstrations.
The widely expected extension comes amid reports of continued violence and anti-government activities in some rural areas, according to the report.
At least 500 people were killed by security forces during the year of protests, according to New York-based Human Rights Watch group - a figure the government later echoed.
"We still have some anti-peac
| Ethiopia: Death Toll from Garbage Dump Collapse Rises Sharply to 113
March 15, 2017 - The death toll from the garbage dump landslide last Saturday on the outskirt of Addis Ababa rose sharply to 113, according to latest report from FBC.
Diriba Kuma, mayor of Addis Ababa city, visited families of the victim today.
In a press conference he gave this evening, Diriba said the tragic accident claimed 113 lives so far.
The cause of the accident will be investigated by professionals from Addis Ababa University and America’s University of Texas.
Rescue workers have continued search for survivors. The country has begun three days of national mourning today. (FBC)<
| Ethiopian Parliament Declares Three Days of Mourning
March 14, 2017 - Ethiopian Parliament declared three days of national mourning beginning from tomorrow for victims of a landslide at garbage dump site on the outskirt of Addis Ababa, according to FBC.
The death toll from last Saturday’s tragic incident has so far risen to 72.
As per the decision of the House, Ethiopia’s flag will fly at half-mast for three days across the country, Ethiopian owned ships as well as Ethiopian embassies and consular offices.
The House also expressed its deepest condolences and wished console to victims and their families.
In a related develop
| Addis Ababa: City Officials Relocating Residents from Dump Site Area
March 13, 2017 - Relocating Addis Ababa residents around the Koshe rubbish dump, where a rubbish landslide killed dozens, has started, City Mayor Diriba Kuma said, according to FNA.
Relocating residents who are in the vicinity of the landfill is being carried out as part of efforts to minimize vulnerability of residents, Diriba said.
"We have been relocating residents feared to be vulnerable to similar incidents to other areas the whole day."
Sixty two people, most of them are women and children, have been killed in Saturday night's landslide at the rubbish dump.
As the landslide has b
| Death Toll from Addis Ababa Dump Site Collapse Reaches 65
March 13, 2017 - The death toll in Ethiopian dump site collapse has reached 65, according to AP and ENA reports. The disaster was caused by the collapse of a mountain of trash at a massive garbage dump on the outskirts of Ethiopia's capital, the state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate reported Monday, as relatives waited for news of the dozens of people said to be missing.
The first funerals began. Security officials tried to hold back mourners as a small coffin wrapped in red cloth was lowered into the ground. Many of those killed were women and children. Relatives held up framed photographs of loved ones, weeping.
| Planned Attack on Grand Renaissance Dam Foiled - Ethiopia
March 1, 2017 - Ethiopian security forces have destroyed and arrested members of so called Benishangul Gumuz People Liberation Movement while they were attempting to attack the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), according to FBC report.
Zadig Abrha, State Minister of Government Communication Affairs Office (GCAO) told FBC today that 20 members of the Movement, who came from Eritrea, have been destroyed while they were heading to the dam site to attack it.
According to the State Minister, Ethiopian security forces killed 13 members of the group and the remaining seven members were able to run away and cross into Sudan. However, the
| Ethiopia's New Cabinet Lineup with Part Affiliations
November 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
November 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
November 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
August 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
Addis Ababa, May 2, 2011 (Ezega.com) - 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
April 25, 2011 (Ezega.com) -- 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
April 7, 2011 (Ezega.com) - 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
April 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