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Ethiopian Prime Minister Convenes Parliament; Talks About Current Affairs

PM-Abiy-Ahmed-Briefs-ParliamentJune 19, 2019 - Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed delivered a speech today to the Ethiopian parliament on current affairs of the country.

The Prime Minister noted the various crisis the country has been facing in the last three years.

He noted the slow down of the economy to single digits as a result of unrest and instability.

The Prime Minister said effort is underway to reduce the foreign currency shortage the country is facing and the slow down in exports.

He also said the government is working on widen the political space of the country to grow opposition forces, civil societies, as well

AEUP Denounces EPRDF Decision to Fully Accept Algiers Accord

AEUP-EthiopiaJune 16, 2018 - The All Ethiopian Unity Party (AEUP) denounced the decision passed by the executive committee of the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) to fully implement the Algiers Agreement without any precondition. The party leadership stated the decision amounts to treason, according to the Reporter.

This was disclosed in a press conference held on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at the headquarters of the party located around Tewodros Square off Churchill Avenue.

According to the president of the party, Bezabeh Demisse (PhD), the decision that was passed earlier last week by the executive committee of the EPRDF is the

TPLF Issues Statement Criticizing New EPRDF Leadership

TPLF-EthiopiaJune 14, 2018 - Following two-day meeting in Mekelle, the TPLF leadership issued a statement criticing the current leaders of EPRDF on a number of issues.

The statement is rather vague and lacked specifics. It called for the EPRDF executive committe to reconvene as soon as possible.

According to the statement released today, the TPLF leadership criticized the new EPRDF leader for focusing on short-term solutions on the economy than long-term. It also said that the recent statement that indicated that Ethiopia 'fully accepts' the Algiers peace agreement with Eritrea should not have been released without full approval from the 180-member

Ethiopia's New Security and Defense Chiefs

Ethiopian-security-chiefsJune 10, 2018 - Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) replaced the head of security Getachew Assefa by General Adem Mohammed, formerly head of Ethiopian Airforce.

The Prime Minister also retired long-time serving defence chief of staff Samora Yonus and replaced it by General Seare Mekonnen. General Seare Mekonnen was deputy chief of staff and next in line in seniority.

Days, before his appointment as a chief of intelligence, Adem was seen with US military officials, accompanied by Ambassador Michael Raynor.

Adem received C-130 Hercules military aircraft from the US government, which few state media reported, to b

EPRDF Executive Committee Meeting in Addis Ababa This Week

EPRDF-meetingJune 4, 2018 - The 36-member Executive Committee of the EPRDF is holding meeting starting tomorrow, June 5, 2018. This is highest decision-making body in the ruling party. The committe isscheduled to meet for two days.

It will be the first such meeting since Dr. Abiy Ahmed was elected party chair and Prime Minister of Ethiopia.

The meeting was reportedly called at the request of the Tigrayan People's Liberation Front (TPLF) over concerns of various decisions being made by the new Prime Minister without consulting component parties of the EPRDF as usual.

Although its bylaws require such meeting to be held every

Ethiopian Government to Lift State of Emergency

Ethiopia-lifting-emergencyJune 3, 2018 - The council of ministers of Ethiopia voted to lift the state of emergency declared on February 16, 2018. The cabinet believes the country has stabilized and that there is no need for the emergency decree and hence lifting it two months early, an official said.

The current state of emergency is the second declared within the last two years.

The cabinet of ministers met on Saturday to assess the security situation and “noted that law and order has been restored”, Abiy’s Chief of Staff Fitsum Arega said on Twitter.

“The draft will be sent to parliament for its c

Ethiopian Government Pardons Former Ginbot 7 Leader

Andargachew-Tsige-EthiopiaMay 27, 2018 - The new Ethiopian government pardoned Andargachew Tsige who was sentenced to death in absentia in 2009 for his role in Eritrean-based armed opposition group Ginbot 7 where he once served as Secretary General. 

Ginbot 7 is one of five groups outlawed in Ethiopia, alongside the secessionist groups Oromo Liberation Front and the Ogaden National Liberation Front, as well as al Qaeda and Somalia’s al Shabaab.

A  British citizen, Andargachew Tsige was arrested in Yemen five years later and extradited to Ethiopia.

According to the Ethiopian government, the decisions were made with the “in

PM Abiy Ahmed Receives ODF Delegation

Premier-Meets-ODF-delegationMay 25, 2018 - PM Abiy Ahme of Ethiopia met represetantives of the The Oromo Liberation Front (ODF) yesterday according to ENA. The delegation had come to Ethiopia following invitation from the Premier urging them to take part in the peaceful political discourse of the country.

According to a twitter message by Fitsum Arega, Head of the Office of the Prime Minister released today, the leaders of the ODF have agreed to participate in a peaceful democratic struggle in their country.

The ODF leadership included 5 senior leaders, including their leader Lencho Leta and other former members of Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) leadership. Speak

Ethiopian Security Intercepts Smuggled Weapons in Tigray

Ethiopia-smuggled-weapons-seizedMay 17, 2018 - Ethiopian Police intercepted more than 350 pistols being smuggled into Ethiopia via Sudan, according to FBC.
 
According to the report, the weapons were seized yesterday at Awrora village, Tsegedie woreda in Tigray regional state.

The real origin of the shipment and the intended receipients are still unknown. Ethiopia has in the past accused Eritrea for incursions and support for domestic opposition in Amhara and Oromia regions.

Capitan Eshete Awoke, head of Tsegedie woreda security office told EBC yesterday that the pistols were intercepted as a result of the joint efforts of se

Ethiopian Prime Minister Retires TPLF Founder Sebhat Nega, Other Officials

PM-Abiy-retires-officialsMay 17, 2017 - The new Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, retired five long-serving government officials and advisors from their positions, according to the Reporter. The retired officials include one of TPLF founders and EPRDF old-guard and head of the Foreign Relations Strategic Research Institute, Sebhat Nega (also known as Aboy Sebhat).

According to the statement released from the Office of the Prime Minister today, the new administration is “continuing on the process of renewing top leadership of government institutions” to deliver on “the aspiration of the people for development and g

Ethiopian Government in Talks with Oromo Democratic Front

Ethiopian-Talks-ODFMay 14, 2018 - The Ethiopian government has started formal talks with an exiled opposition group, the Oromo Democratic Front (ODF), according to Africa News.

In May 13 statement by the ODF, the origanization confirmed that a high-level government delegation had met with its members and held fruitful discussions from May 11 – 12, 2018.

“Pursuant to its longstanding public position, the ODF reiterated its commitment to deepening and broadening the reforms and democratization process,” the statement read in part.

It did not disclose the Ethiopian officials involved but added that the government accepted

Keria Ibrahim Elected Speaker of Ethiopian House of Federation

Keria-Ibrahim-Speaker-HoFMay 6, 2018 - Keria Ibrahim was elected Speaker of the Ethiopian House of Federation (HoF), according the Reporter. Following the appointment of Muferiat Kemal as Speaker of the House of People’s Representatives (HPR), HoF voted unanimously voted to make Keira Ibrahim as its Speaker. She is the second woman to hold this title in Ethiopian government.

Prior to Keria, former speaker Yalew Abate held that position for three years.

Keira has served as the Head of Public Service Office of Tigray Regional State before her election as speaker. She is also one of nine members forming the Polit Bure

Halemariam Desalegn Awarded Ethiopia's Highest Medal of Honor

Hailemariam-Desalegn-awarded-medalApril 25, 2018 - Former Prime Minster Hailemariam Desalegn was awarded Ethiopia's highest medal of honor yesterday in a ceremony held at the national palace.

In a farewell yesterday by senior government officials and diplomats, Prime Minister Abiy thanked the former Premier for his contribution to the country and described him as “an academic who has a special quality that could be a model for all of us.”

“Hailemariam taught us a lot. He taught us that power should be used to serve the public, not for personal use,” he said.

The Premier further thanked former

PM Abiy Ahmed Appointed Nine Ministers and Officials

PM-appoints-officialsApril 19, 2018 - Following the announcement of new cabinet this morning, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed appointed nine new ministers and higher officials. The list of new appointments is as follows:

1.Fetlework Gebreegziabher –Coordinator for the Democratic System Building Center at the Office of the Prime Minister with a ministerial portfolio
2.Demitu Hambissa – Head of the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Affairs Minister
3.Abadulla Gemeda – The Prime Minister’s Security Advisor with a ministerial portfolio
4.Ahmed Abitew – Director of Policy Research and Developmen

Ethiopian Parliament Approves New Cabinet, Elects New Speaker

New-cabinet-Ethiopia-2018April 19, 2018 - Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed presented a new cabinet to parliament today. 16 ministers took oath of office before parliament this morning. Among the notable appointees are Shiferaw Shigutie as Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, and Siraj Fegessa as Minister of Transport. Siraj Fegessa was replaced as Defense Minister by Motuma Mekassa from the OPDO, an organization that now controls several important portfolios, including Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Federal Attorney General, Revenue and Customs, the office of the Prime Minister, and the Presidency.

The Ethiopian parliament also accepted the r

Impossible to Think of Ethiopia without Tigray - PM Abiy Ahmed

PM-Abiy-Ahmed-Visits-TigrayApril 14, 2018 - Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed held talks with various members of the society residing in Tigray regional state.
 
City residents and its environs as well as representatives from various zone of the regional state attended the discussion held at the martyrs’ hall.

Speaking on the occasion, the Premier said “it is impossible to think of Ethiopia without Tigray and vice versa.”

Natives of Tigray regional state defended their country from external aggression as well as scarified for freedom, democracy, and unity of the country, he said.

After urging the people to diver

PM Abiy Ahmed Meeting Community Reps in Addis Ababa

PM-Abiy-Ahmed-Meeting-PublicApril 14, 2018 - Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed will hold discussion with representatives of the community drawn from all parts of the country in Addis Ababa tomorrow, reports FBC.

In a press conference issued today, Dr Negeri Lencho, Government Communication Affairs Office Minister, said about 25,000 people are expected to take part at the meeting to be held at the Millennium Hall.

Officials from federal and regional governments, women, youth, religious leaders, heads of institutions of higher education, scholars, elites, representatives of the diplomatic community and artists will attend the event, he said.

According

Ethiopia Drops Terrorism Charges on 114 Defendants

Ethiopia-drops-charges-114April 11, 2018 - The Ethiopian government on Wednesday dropped charges against 114 defendants who were accused of terrorism, according to Xinhua.

The Federal Attorney General announced that it has sent a letter to the Federal High Court requesting the dropping of charges against the reported 114 defendants suspected on terrorism cases, according to state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate (FBC).

Among the defendants include Waldiba monks, whose stay in prison was a major discussion point among Ethiopians across social media platforms in recent days.

In the previous round of pardons, the Ethiopia

World Leaders Congratulate Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed

World-Leaders-Congratulate-PM-EthiopiaApril 9, 2018 - Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud congratukated Abiy Ahmed on being elected as the Prime Minister of Ethiopia.

During a telephone call, King Salman lauded the distinguished ties binding the Kingdom and Ethiopia and their endeavor to enhance and develop them in all fields.

Premier Abiy on his part expressed appreciation and confirmed keenness to pursue enhancing relations between the two countries to achieve common interests.

The European Union Mission and US Embassy also welcomed the election of Abiy Ahmed as the Prime Minister of Ethiopia and expressed their commit

PM Abiy Ahmed Calls for Immediate Resolution of Oromia-Somali Border Conflict

Abiy-Ahmed-Oromia-Somali-conflictApril 9, 2018 - On a working visit to Somali regional state, Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed called for the immediate resolution of Oromia-Somali border conflict.

In his opening remark, Prime Minister Dr Abiy said the conflict “was regrettable, contrary to the Ethiopian culture and a shameful spot in our history.”

Noting that Ethiopians have longstanding traditional mechanisms of resolving problems, the Prime Minister said both sides stand to lose in such conflict.

The Premier called on elders, Aba Gedas, Somali tribal Garads, and religious leaders to immediately work together in resolving

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