| Bomb Blast Injures Dozens in Addis Ababa Rally; Nine Officials Detained
June 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
May 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
March 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
February 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
February 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
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