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Demand for Statehood Suppressed by SEPDM: Ethnic Kaffa People

By Staff Reporter  

Kafa-zone-statehood-demandDecember 8, 2019 ( -- Ethnic Kaffa people in the Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples Region (SNNPR) of Ethiopia have voiced complaints about the “suppression” by the regional government to relinquish their demand to elevate Kaffa zone into statehood.

The complaints were made over the weekend during public meetings wherein ethnic Kaffa people have once again called on the regional government to begin the process the demand for upgrading of the Kaffa zone into regional status, administrator of the Kaffa zone Belay Tesema told news media.

“The people of Kaff

Mekelle Forum on Federalism Concludes

By Staff Reporter

Mekelle-MeetingDecember 4, 2019 ( -- Tigray Regional Government held its second national consultative forum under the theme "Rescuing the Constitution and Federal System," on December 3, 2019, in Mekele city, Northern Ethiopia. The forum ran for two days and concluded on December 4, 2019.

The national consultative forum brought together various political party leaders and invited guests from across the country.

In his remark, the vice-president of the Tigray Regional Government and leader of the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), Dr. Debretsion G/Michael said the current state of affairs and general

TPLF Leader Calls on Federal Forces to Rescue Ethiopia

By Staff Reporter

Debretsion-MekelleDecember 4, 2019 ( -- Deputy President of the Tigray regional state Debertsion Gebremichael has called on federal forces, minority ethnic groups and other political parties to rescue the Ethiopian federal system from grave danger.

He made the remark at a national consultative forum being held under the theme Rescue Ethiopian Constitution and Federal System in Mekele city of northern Ethiopia.

“The central government’s response to all demands and its complete control of power has pushed the nation to instability and edge of crumbling,” said Deberetsion who is also chairperson of the Tigriya

Forum Discusses Four Potential Scenarios for Ethiopia's Future

By Staff Reporter

Ethiopia-2040December 3, 2019 ( -- A national forum entitled “the country we wish to have in 2040” has been held marking the end of a six-month-long closed-door session on the destiny of Ethiopia.

50 political party leaders, parliamentarians, scholars, women rights advocates, activists, artists, media professionals, business persons and other individuals drawn from all corners of the country discussed four possible scenarios Ethiopia would experience based on the existing political crisis.

After the six-month-long discussions on the four scenarios loosely translated Dawn, House of Competitors, Dictator, and Broke

Maturity: The Prerequisite to Freedom and Democracy

By Abel Merawi

Maturity-Friedrich-NietzscheDecember 3, 2019 ( -- ‘We are civilized and modern. We live in a world of capitalism. We have to establish a liberal democracy.’ We hear these words often since they are the marks of our present world and everyone is expected to strive for their realization. The expectations of modernity place more responsibility on the individual than society and institutions. In a capitalist society, everyone is expected to compete and become the best to deserve the best. In a liberal democracy, people are free to live as they wish, and others are expected to respect it. Furthermore, elections are held with the assumption that

Eight Ethiopian Political Parties Sign to Join Prosperity Party

By Staff Reporter

8-parties-join-PPDecember 1, 2019 ( -- Three founding member parties and five affiliate political parties of the Ethiopian Peoples Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) have signed agreement to join the Prosperity Party that was established recently to succeed the ruling party, EPRDF.  

Signing the agreement were chairs of the Oromo Democratic Party (ODP), Dr. Abiy Ahmed, the Amhara Democratic Party (ADP), Demeke Mekonnen, the South Peoples Democratic Movement (SPDM), Muferiat Kemil, and leaders of five affiliate parties in Addis Ababa.

The agreement comes after the eight political parties approved to join the Pros

Lemma Megersa, Key Ally of PM Abiy Ahmed, Opposes Party Merger and Medemer

By Staff Reporter

Lemma-Megersa-opposes-medemerNovember 30, 2019 ( -- Ethiopian Defense Minister Lemma Megersa and Deputy Chair of the Oromia Democratic Party (ODP) has disclosed that he disagrees with his ally and boss, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, over the establishment of a united national party known as the Prosperity Party. More crucially, he also said he doesn't support the idea of 'Medemer.' The disclosure confirms what has been rumored for some time of friction within the so-called 'Team Lemma' and may signal the unraveling of the broader alliance within the OPD leadership that propelled them to power in April 2018.

74 Former METEC Employees Charged for Loss of Billions of Birr

By Staff Reporter

METEC-TractorsNovember 29, 2019 ( -- The Ethiopian federal high court ordered former Major General Kinfe Dagnew and three other former officials of Metals and Engineering Corporation (METEC) to present their defense on alleged grand corruption charges leveled against them.

The suspects, namely Major General Kinfe Dagnew, former METEC director-general, Lieutenant Colonel Tsegaye, former manager of high tech industry, Colonel Shegaw Mulugeta, former head of the board’s secretariat, and Colonel Mohammed Berhan, former ethics and legal affairs head of the military conglomerate have been accused of purchasing 111 substandard radars

100 Ethiopian Political Parties Walked Out of NEBE Meeting

By Staff Reporter

Election-board-Ethiopia-walkoutNovember 29, 2019 ( -- A meeting called by the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) to discuss directives of the revised political party registration and code of ethics proclamation has been deferred as leaders of more than 100 political parties walked out of the meeting hall.

In early October this year, members of 70 Ethiopian political parties were supposed to hold a hunger strike this month to pressure the legislative body to reconsider revision to the electoral law. Nevertheless, they did not hold the hunger strike for undisclosed reasons.

The political parties mainly compl

Four Former METEC Officials Charged with Grand Corruption

By Staff Reporter

Major-General-Kinfe-DagnewNovember 28, 2019 ( -- The federal attorney general of Ethiopia charged four former officials of the Metals and Engineering Corporation (METEC) on suspicion of grand corruption.

According to the charges read at the federal high court 18th criminal bench on Thursday, November 28, 2019, former director-general of the military conglomerate Major General Kinfe Dagnew was named as the primary suspect.

The other suspects are Lieutenant Colonel Tsegaye Anmut, Colonel Shegaw Mulugeta, and Colonel Mohammed Berhan. The suspects were working as managers of the high tech industry, head of the boa

Due Process Followed to Establish Prosperity Party - PM Abiy Ahmed

By Staff Reporter

PM-Abiy-AhmedNovember 28, 2019 ( -- In what seemed to be a response to the Tigriyan Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF), Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said “all the necessary legal conditions and procedures were met to establish the Prosperity Party,” which will be replacing the ruling coalition, the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF).

In a recent statement, Debretsion Gebremichael, the Chairman of TPLF, criticized the drive to convert the EPRDF into a unified party as “illegal.” He said as legal entities, member parties of the EPRDF cannot be dissolved by an

ADP, ODP, Affiliate Political Parties Decide to Join Prosperity Party

By Staff Reporter

EPRDF-EndsNovember 27, 2019 ( -- The Oromo Democratic Party (ODP) and the Amhara Democratic Party (ADP) have decided to join the proposed Prosperity Party (PP) which will replace the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF).

The two founding member political parties of the ruling coalition unanimously approved their respective merger with the PP during the urgent meetings that ended on Wednesday, November 27, 2019.

“Forward with the “Prosperity Party” Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed twitted after the two parties declared the merger plan with PP.

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TPLF to Hold Emergency Meeting on United National Party

By Staff Reporter   

Debretsion-TPLF-Merger-IssueNovember 27, 2019 ( -- The Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) has not reached a final decision whether it will join the recently formed United National Party, Dr. Debretsion Gebremichael, Chairman of the front has disclosed.

Debretsion’s remark came after TPLF in a statement announced it won’t dissolve for the sake of creating a united political party and its refusal to attend the extraordinary meeting of the council of Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) which unanimously approved the coalition’s conversion into a united

Coup Plotters Were Trained for Months, Says Ethiopian Court Filing

By Staff Reporter

Coup-plotters-EthiopiaNovember 22, 2019 ( -- The federal high court of Ethiopia has filed charges against thirteen individuals allegedly involved in coup attempt which left senior government officials dead, including General Seare Mekonnen, the former chief of staff of the Ethiopian Armed Forces, and Ambachew Mekonnen, the former President of the Amhara regional state. The coup plotters were trained for months, says the Ethiopian court filing.

The suspects including Mesafint Tigabu, bodyguard of late General Seare Mekonnen, and Christian Tadele, Public Relations Officer of the Amhara National Movement (NAM

Ethiopian Governing Coalition Merges, Forms Prosperity Party

By Staff Reporter

The-End-of-EPRDFNovember 21, 2019 ( -- The Council of the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) on Thursday, November 21, 2019, unanimously approved the front’s conversion into a united party called “Prosperity Party.” The coalition made the move in its extraordinary meeting in which the Tigriyan Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) was not represented.

The council’s landmark decision marked the official end of the Front as a collection of four major parties and five allied parties that form Ethiopia’s governing coalition for the last 28 years.

EPRDF was founded by the Tigriyan

TPLF Refuses to Attend EPRDF Council Meeting

By Staff Reporter

TPLF-not-attending-Council-meetingNovember 20, 2019 ( -- The Tigriyan Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) disclosed that it will not take part in the extraordinary meeting of the council of the Ethiopian Peoples Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) scheduled for Thursday, November 21, 2019.

The EPRDF Council is composed of 180 members, 45 each from four member organizations, namely the TPLF, Amhara Democratic Party (ADP), Oromo Democratic Party (ODP), and Southern Ethiopian People's Democratic Movement (SEPDM).

The TPLF, in the just-released statement, said the executive committee of the EPRDF discussed t

United National Party Will Bring All-Rounded Success to Ethiopia - PM Abiy Ahmed

By Staff Reporter

Ethiopian-Prosperity-PartyNovember 19, 2019 ( -- Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said the proposed united national party, which will succeed the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), will bring not only material benefits but also the realization of all-rounded success to Ethiopia. The formation of the new party, named Ethiopian Prosperity Party (EPP), has been under consideration for several years. This year marks the first time the party took decisive steps to make the transition a reality.

Abiy’s remark came after the executive committee of the EPRDF decided Oromiffa, Tigrigna, Somali, and Afar

More Than 2.3M People Registered for Sidama Referendum

By Staff Reporter

Sidama-VoteNovember 18, 2019 ( -- The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) disclosed that more than 2.3 million people have been registered for the planned referendum to decided on the Sidama people’s request for a regional state status.

Briefing journalists on Monday, November 18, 2019, NEBE chairperson Birtukan Medekissa said except minor offenses, including trying to take away voter registration cards; disappearance along with voters’ document and destructing movement of one observer, the registration process was peaceful and successful.

The referendum, which is expected to be

New Party to Follow Inclusive Capitalist Economy: Official

By Staff Reporter

EPRDF-exec-meetingNovember 17, 2019 ( -- The Ethiopian Peoples Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) executive committee announced that it will be following “inclusive capitalist economic policy” as a guiding principle in the proposed united national party.

The committee in its second-day meeting on Sunday, November 17, 2019, discussed the draft Manifesto of the proposed united national party which will replace the coalition before the upcoming elections due to take place in May next year.

“The new party will strengthen the federal system and democracy. It would be inclusive and respect diversity of l

EPRDF Approves Plans to Transform Itself into a United National Party

By Staff Reporter

Fikadu-Tesema-EPRDFNovember 17, 2019 ( -- The Ethiopian Peoples Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) executive committee approved a study document drafted on the transformation of the ruling coalition into a united national political party.

According to earlier reports, the EPRDF leaders plan to launch a unified national party called Ethiopian Prosperity Party (EPP).

In its extraordinary meeting on Saturday, November 16, 2019, the committee approved the study with a majority vote and with six members voting against it.

The six members of the executive committee who voted against the proposal are believed to be fr


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