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Attorney General Accuses Regional Governments of Ignoring Rule of Law

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Berhanu-TsegayeJanuary 28, 2020 ( -- The Ethiopian Attorney General Berhanu Tsegaye said his office has faced difficulties bringing more than 1600 instigators of violence before justice due to lack of cooperation from regional governments and city administrations.

While presenting the half-year performance report to the House of People's Representatives, Attorney General Berhanu Tsegaye said his office has managed to bring about 1400 suspects before justice out of over 3000 individuals who were involved in the violence that occurred last year and in the previous years.

He said more than 1600 individuals who were alle

Members of OLF Shene Charged with Terrorism; 12 Farmers Reportedly Killed by Government in Southern

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OLF-SheneJanuary 27, 2020 ( -- The federal high court of Ethiopia heard terrorism charges against six members of rebel groups Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) otherwise called “Shene” and Yadeessa Negassa also known as the “Killer Group."

Shene, led by Kumsa Diriba, nicknamed Jalmero, has been fighting the government from its stronghold in the Oromia region of western Ethiopia even though it entered the country to pursue peaceful political struggle in mid-2018.

Yadeessa Negassa, otherwise known as the “killer Group,” is another ethnic Oromo rebel force accused of creatin

TPLF, Prosperity Party to Hold Discussion over Strained Relations

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TPLF-PPJanuary 26, 2020 ( -- The Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) and Prosperity Party (PP), the country’s ruling party, are considering holding discussions to improve their strained relations following the demise of the Ethiopian Peoples Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF).

Briefing journalists late Saturday, TPLF Chairperson Deberetsion Gebremichael hinted about the planned talks between the two opposing forces though he did not mention how sooner the talks will take place.

Deberetsion disclosed the establishment of a negotiating team by the Tigray state governing body and the federal government whose r

Amhara Police Claims TPLF Behind Planned Terror Attack in Gondar

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Gondar-cityJanuary 25, 2020 ( -- The Amhara regional government of Ethiopia said it has foiled planned terror attacks and assassinations against high-level government officials and foreign tourists at the Epiphany or Timket celebrations in Gondar city of northern Ethiopia.

The Amhara Leyu (Special) force accused the Tigray police commission and by extension Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) of organizing and sending two terror groups to carry out the planned attacks during this year Epiphany celebrations which attracted an estimated 1.5 million people.

“The suspects were given three missions from

TPLF Senior Members Dismissed due to Poor Performance: Prosperity Party

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Prosperity-Party-LogoJanuary 24, 2020 ( -- The Deputy Chairperson of the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) Fetelework Gebreegziabher was dismissed as Minister of Trade and Industry and member of the Ethiopian cabinet due to poor performance and insubordination, a senior official of the prosperity party has said.

In an interview with VOA Amharic, Awelu Abdi, Head of Public and Foreign Relation of the Prosperity Party, said the dismissal of Fetelework and Solomon Kidane, another TPLF member who was Transport Bureau Head in the Addis Ababa city administration with a rank of Deputy Mayor, has nothing to do with the ethnicity o

Demands for Statehood Overwhelm PM Discussion with SNNPR Delegates

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SNNPR-talkJanuary 23, 2020 ( -- Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed held discussions with community representatives drawn from various zones of Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR) in his Office today.

Demands for statehood have overwhelmed the Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s meeting with over 2000 delegates drawn from all districts of the South Nations, Nationalities Peoples State of Ethiopia.

The premier was hoping he would clam down the questions for statehood and zone-hoods currently being raised by more than 20 ethnic groups in the regional state and address unfolding conflicts arising from o

NEBE Challenges OFC Over Jawar Admission; Recognizes Baladera Council

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Jawar-OFCJanuary 23, 2020 ( -- The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) has asked the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC) to present the necessary legal documents that made them accept Jawar Mohammed, an activist and Director-General of the Oromia Media Network, as a member of the party.

Jawar Mohammed is non-Ethiopian by nationality even though he was a leading organizer of the 2016 Ethiopian protests of the Oromo youth popularly known as Qeerroo that helped Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to come to power in April 2018.

His involvement and aspiration for power in Ethiopian politics has been contr

TPLF Issues Warning on Dismissal of TPLF Officials from Federal Posts

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TPLF-issues-statementJanuary 22, 2020 ( -- The Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) issued a warning stating that the federal government will be held accountable for any crisis that may occur in the future following “unwarranted actions” of dismissing TPLF officials from posts in the federal government and Addis Ababa administrative structures.

“Leaders of TPLF and its members have been sacked from their posts in Federal and Addis Ababa administrations. The removal from their offices is totally unacceptable. These deliberate and other unwarranted actions need to be rectified immediately. Otherwise,

Deputy Chair of TPLF Dismissed from Ethiopian Cabinet

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Fetlework-Gebregziabher-dismissedJanuary 22, 2020 ( -- Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has dismissed Fetlework Gebreegziabher as Minister of Trade and Industry and cabinet member in the federal government. Fetlework Gebreegziabher is the Deputy Chair and an Executive Committee member of the Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF). She has been a member of the TPLF since its formation as a rebel group in Tigray.

The state-run Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporations (EBC) has confirmed that Fetlework Gebregziabher, also known as Monjorino by her colleagues, was replaced by Melaku Alebel.

EBC did not disclose why and h

Ethiopia Promotes 65 Army Officers, Including 5 Women Generals

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Generals-Promoted-EthiopiaJanuary 18, 2020 ( -- Ethiopian President Sahelework Zewdie on Saturday granted high-level military titles to 65 senior army officers ranging from Brigadier General to Lieutenant General as presented to her by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

Accordingly, 40 Colonels were promoted to the rank of Brigadier General; 19 Brigadier Generals to Major General; and 6 Major Generals to Lieutenant General posts. Five of the new generals are women, an unprecedented step in Ethiopian military history.

The promotion of six officers to Lieutenant General rank is a generous step compared to previous years.

NEBE Sets Election Day to August 16 Tentatively

election-ethiopia-Aug2020January 15, 2020 ( -- The Nation Election Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) has tentatively set the upcoming national elections for August 16, 2020.

Speaking to reporters, the Chair of the Board, Birtukan Mideksa, said the tentative election date is set to Sunday, August 16, 2020. Election result for regions will be disclosed between August 17 and August 21, according to the board chair.

The NEBE will officially disclose regional election maps on March 3, 2020.

Voter registration will take place from April 7 to May 7, 2020, it was indicated. The board also disclosed that the election campaign will take place from M

Baladera Council to Field Candidates for Addis Ababa Seats

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Eskinder-NegaJanuary 11, 2020 ( -- The Addis Ababa Baladera Council disclosed that it will run for the 23 parliamentary seats Addis Ababa City holds in the House of Peoples Representative of Ethiopia in the forthcoming Ethiopian elections. It is filing papers to transform itself into a political party.

Briefing reporters on Friday, journalist and activist Eskinder Nega, who is also the Chairman of the Baladera Council, said his office has already selected its candidates who will be running in the 23 polling stations of the metropolitan city.

Eskinder Nega and his Baladera Council, a council formed to oppose claims of owner

Ethiopian Parliament Approves New Firearms Law

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firearm-law-EthiopiaJanuary 9, 2020 ( -- The Ethiopian parliament on Thursday approved new firearms administration and control law presented to it by its Legal, Justice and Democratic Affairs Standing Committee.

The new law intends to create awareness on the disadvantages of carrying firearms and establish confidence among the public that the government is the only responsible organ to maintain the peace and security of citizens.

Unlike the previous laws, this law prohibits carrying weapons, including daggers, swords, knives, spear, blade, arrow and the like.

It is recalled that those arms, also referred to

Who Will Win the Next Ethiopian Elections?

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Ethiopian-Elections-May-2020January 8, 2020 ( – Ethiopia seems to be heading to hold the upcoming general elections in May 2020 on schedule. After various ethnic, regional and religious conflicts, the country went through in the last couple of years, many people had serious doubts about whether the country can and will hold safe and fair elections. Some still do and with good reasons, including the absence of adequate preparations so far by the government. But it now looks more and more likely that there will be elections in May 2020, absent some new and dramatic developments in the next four months.


No to Prosperity Party, Yes to More Autonomy: TPLF

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TPLF-confJanuary 6, 2020 ( -- In a defiant move, the Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) has decided that it will not join the Prosperity Party (PP) at the end of its extraordinary conference held over the weekend. According to several videos released, the tone of the just concluded conference was that of anger and defiance directed against central forces.

In a resolution issued on Sunday, TPLF said the merger with the PP is impractical owing to differences and opposing political outlooks and visions between the two parties.

In the extraordinary conference held for the first time in its 45-year history,

Ethiopia on Wrong Track, Says TPLF Chair

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TPLF-ConferenceJanuary 4, 2020 ( -- The Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) is holding its first extraordinary conference in 43 years to pass a final decision on the merger of the Ethiopian Peoples Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) and formation of the Prosperity Party.

1066 TPLF members and 150 observers, including representatives from the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia, are attending the conference taking place in a closed session in Mekele city of northern Ethiopia.

The two-day extraordinary conference which assumes the highest power of the party is expected to discuss current, regional and national issues and c

Ethiopia Approves New Anti-Terrorism Law Consisting of Death Penalty

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House-of-Representatives-EthiopiaJanuary 2, 2020 ( --The Ethiopian House of Peoples Representatives has approved a new anti-terrorism law consisting of an article imposing the death penalty against terrorists.

The country’s anti-terrorism law enacted in 2009 was criticized for containing articles overly broad and vague definitions of terrorism that were susceptible to misinterpretation and misapplication, which critics said adversely affected the legitimate exercise of the right to freedom of expression and political opposition.

The new anti-terrorism law was approved on Thursday, January 2, 2020, a

TPLF to Pass Final Decision on EPRDF Merger Soon

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TPLF-EPRDFJanuary 2, 2020 ( -- The Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) is set to pass a final decision on the merger of the Ethiopian Peoples Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) and the formation of the Prosperity Party (PP) following an urgent meeting to be held shortly.

A letter signed by the front’s political affairs head Alem Gebrewahed noted that the urgent meeting will take place next Saturday and Sunday in Mekele city and will decide on the merger of the EPRDF as well as the way forward for the TPLF.

Except for the TPLF, the three founding members of the EPRDF and five affiliate regional p

Forum Raises Serious Concerns on Ethiopia's Draft Law on Hate Speech

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Ethiopia-Hate-SpeechJanuary 1, 2020 ( -- A forum held in Addis Ababa has raised serious concerns on Ethiopia’s draft law on hate speech and dissemination of fake news, criticizing it for consisting articles with vague legal definitions and conflicting contents.

In a discussion held among stakeholders on Wednesday at the national parliament, the participants said the law will violate freedom of expression if enacted in the absence of adequate media platforms where people cannot entertain their ideas freely.

The participants, the majority of whom were journalists, claimed the draft law was not crafted in line with

TPLF Conference Vows to Fight Prosperity Party

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Debretsion-TPLF-conferenceDecember 30, 2019 ( -- At a public conference organized by the Tigrayan Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) in Mekele city of northern Ethiopia, TPLF leaders vowed to fight the newly formed Prosperity Party (PP), which replaced the Ethiopian Peoples Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) recently.

Various songs, plays and other artistic works criticizing the Prosperity Party were staged at the public conference attended by over 1500 participants drawn from all corners of the regional state, including party members, representatives of different social and religious groups, as well as members of invited federalist pol


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