| Why Former Arbegnoch-Ginbot 7 Fighter Abandoned Eritrea
March 25, 2017 - It is wrong to fight alongside forces whose main aim is to destroy Ethiopia, says Samrawit Sisay, who recently defected from Ginot 7 and returned to Ethiopia. In a video interview with Ethiopia First, Samrawit tells her story of why she went to Eritrea and joined Ginbot 7, what she witnessed there during her period with Ginbot 7, and why she finally decided to leave Eritrea and return to Ethiopia.
In the video interview, Samrawit warns others not to make the same mis
| Ethiopian Political Parties Fail to Reach Agreement - Report
March 19, 2017 - Ethiopia's 22 national political parties concluded their meeting today without reaching agreement on whether to involve third-party intermediaries or not in the upcoming dialogue, according to FBC.
During the meeting, all opposition political parties suggested the dialogue to be mediated by neutral bodies.
The ruling party, the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), for its part opposed the idea and said “a third-party negotiator is unnecessary.”
After discussing on the issue for six hours, all parties agreed to meet again on March 29,
| Ethiopia's Emergency Command Post Lifts Some Restrictions
March 15, 2017 - Ethiopia's Command Post for the State of Emergency announced that it has lifted some of the restrictions imposed more than five months ago, according to ENA.
The curfew that was imposed on movements around major infrastructural facilities from 6:00 P.M to 6:00 A.M for security reasons is among the lifted restrictions.
Siraj Fagessa, Minister of Defense and Head of the Secretariat of the Command Post told reporters that the situation for which the restrictions were imposed could now be treated on a regular law enforcement processes.
Furthermore, the arrest of suspects and conducting searches
| Ethiopian Court Rejects Merera Gudina’s Bail Request
March 10, 2017 - Ethiopian federal high court 19th criminal bench has rejected bail request of Dr Merera Gudina, Chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), according to FBC.
The court denied bail for the defendant as he was charged with attempt to forcefully destroy the constitutional order, which could result in up to death penalty.
The defendant for its part requested the court to grant him a constitutional right to bail claiming that he was detained without tangible evidence.
Prosecutors said he will hide information and go abroad if he is granted bail.
The trial will continue on April
| Will State of Emergency Lead to Dialogue and Reconciliation?
March 10, 2017 - It's been five months since Ethiopia declared a state of emergency in response to widespread protests and unrest, reports the VOA, and there are no signs indicating when it might end.
Since October, thousands have been arrested and sent to military-style camps where they live in squalid conditions, perform strenuous exercises and get beaten when they falter, according to Befeqadu Hailu, a former detainee. The prisoners have also undergone reeducation training, including a crash course on the country’s constitution.
Despite the release of about 20,000 detainees, top opposition leaders remain in jail.
| EPRDF Executive Committee Meeting This Week
March 6, 2017 - The Executive Committee of the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) has begun its regular meeting today, according to FBC.
In its meeting, the Committee will put directions after evaluating progress of the ongoing deep-reform program and first half performance of this fiscal year, which is the second year of the second Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP-II) period.
The Committee will see in detail the progress of the directions set by the government to continue the deep-reform program down at the civil servants and the public levels.
The Executive Committee will furth
| EPRDF, Opposition Parties Still Negotiating on Modalities
March 4, 2017 - Ethiopia's ruling party and 21 opposition political parties have continued to talk about pre-dialogue modalities, according to the Reporter. Putting their differences aside, the ruling Ethiopian Peoples' Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) and opposition parties have recently agreed to come to a roundtable discussion to find ways of nurturing the political environment.
The parties met on Friday at the Defense Hall of the House of People’s Representatives (HPR) to discuss modalities of negotiation, which would serve them as a bylaw for their future dialogue.
| Ethiopia Honors Individuals, Security Officers for Preventing Planned Attacks
March 3, 2017 - Ethiopia says some 118 individuals and security officers were awarded in recognition to their outstanding acts of bravery in thwarting planned terror attacks allegedly attempted by 1,071 anti-peace forces against Ethiopia after infiltrating via western Tigray zone from Eritrea, according to FBC.
Tekyou Meteko, deputy commander and head of security sector of zone, told FBC today that they were given the awards in recognitions for their contribution in exposing anti-peace forces and maintaining peace in the zone.
As a result of the joint efforts with the community, these members of anti-peace forces were arreste
| VOA Interview with Chairman Abraha Desta, Arena Tigray (in Tigrigna)
February 24, 2017 - In a general meeting held last month in Mekelle, Tigray, Arena Tigray elected a new chairman. His name is Abraha Desta, political science lecturer at Mekelle University. VOA recently interviewed Abraha Desta on barious issues, both regional and national. Click here to listen to VOA interview with Abraha Desta, Chairman, Arena Tigray.
| Ethiopian Opposition Leader Merera Gudina Charged with Terrorism
February 23, 2017 - Dr Merera Gudina, the Chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), has finally been charged with terrorism by Ethiopian prosecutors, according to Africa News.
Merera Gudina is accused of meeting anti-government elements during a European tour last year. He was twice denied bail by the courts as the police continued to gather evidence for charges.
The privately run Addis Standard news portal reported that the opposition chief was charged along with two others. Jawar Mohammed a popular Oromo activist and Executive Director of the Oromia Media network and Berhanu Nega, were also charged with terrorism.
| Ethiopia: 133 Days Since Historic Move to Deal with Crisis
February 19, 2017 - A State of Emergency was declared on Sunday, October 9, 2016 by Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn, although the state of emergency reportedly took effect on Saturday, October 8, 2016. The first-of-its-kind state of emergency was declared followed massive protests in various parts of the Oromia and Amhara regional states. Eventually, the House of People's Representatives endorsed the State of Emergency proclamation issued by the Council of Ministers October 8, 2016. This makes the lawmakers the first to endorse a state of emergency and are safely navigating the country through unchartered waters, writes Yonas Abiye.
| TPLF Celebrates 42nd Anniversary in Mekelle
February 18, 2017 - The 42nd anniversary of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) was celebrated today at Mekelle Martyrs’ Memorial Monument, according to FBC.
A delegation from Sudan, representatives of Amhara and Benishangul Gumuz regional states as well as invited guests from abroad and home took part at the celebration.
Chief of Tigray regional state, Abay Woldu, head of Sudanese delegation, military officers and families of the martyrs laid wreath at the Monument.
The anniversary was also marked in all towns in the regional state. (FBC)
| Ethiopian Deputy PM Urges Stakeholders to Work on Youth Fund
February 17, 2017 - Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen has called on pertinent bodies to ensure benefits of the youth by effectively using the youth revolving fund for intended purpose.
Stakeholders met today in Adam town to discussion on the use of the fund which the government of Ethiopia has established to reduce unemployment by financing youth-centered projects.
Demeke at the meeting urged relevant bodies to enter into practical activities by indentifying beneficiaries and offering them skill and professional training as well as addressing problems which restrict the socio-economic and benefits of the youth,
| EPRDF, Ethiopian Opposition Preparing Modality for Dialogue
February 15, 2017 - The Ethiopian Peoples' Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) and 21 national political parties have agreed to jointly prepare a draft modality for their dialogue, according to FBC.
The parties held discussion today on modality of the dialogue as well as put forth directions after discussing on two agendas. As per the agreement reached earlier among the parties, today’s meeting was chaired by the Ethiopian Peoples' Revolutionary Democratic Front.
Of the 22 parties which took part in today’s meeting, 20 political parties have presented their specific a
| New Corporation to Administer Condominium Projects
February 13, 2017 - A new draft is being prepared by the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing, which would combine the construction and administration of 20/80 and 40/60 condos under the roof of a single corporation, according to Capital.
Currently 40/60 condos are being constructed by the Addis Ababa Savings & Houses Development Enterprise (AASHDE) and the Addis Ababa Housing Project Office (AAHPO) is in charge of constructing 20/80 houses.
The new corporation would be responsible for hiring managers of every site, and planning the construction of new homes.
The Addis Ababa City Administration Housing Management Agency,
| Ethiopia Appoints Eight New Ambassadors
February 13, 2017 - President Dr. Mulatu Teshome has appointed eight new ambassadors to eight countries including Côte d'Ivoire, Egypt, Ghana, Ireland, Italy, Israel, Kuwait and Uganda.
Accordingly, Redwan Hussein appointed to Ireland, Zenebu Tadesse to Italy, Tolosa Shagi to Uganda, Tsegaye Berhe to Israel, Regassa Kefalew to Ghana, Taye Atsekeselassie to Egypt, Abdulaziz Amhad to Kuwait and Girma Temesgen to Côte d'Ivoire
During occasion, President Dr. Mulatu has urged the newly appointed ambassadors to further deepen existing bilateral relationship with the respective countries.
| Sibehat Nega Talks About Current Politics, The Opposition
February 3, 2017 - In this video interview, Aboy Sibehat Nega talks about current politics, and opposition parties in Ethiopia. To watch the video, click here - Aboy Sibehat Nega on Current Politics, the Opposition.
| Ethiopian Council of Ministers Approves Salary Raise for Civil Servants
February 3, 2017 - The Council of Ministers, in its 22nd regular session held today, discussed and passed decision to raise salaries of Ethiopian civil servants effective January 9, according to FBC.
The Council of Ministers of Ethiopia also approved the draft bills prepared to increase allowance for pensioners, to establish Federal Housing Corporation and loans that Ethiopia had agreed with various international organization, a statement obtained from its office noted.
According to the statement, the Council decided the draft bill tabled by the Ministry of Civil Service and Human
| State Emergency Succeded in Quashing Unrest - Ethiopian Minister
February 2, 2017 - In an interview with the Financial Times, Negeri Lencho, the communications minister, said the state of emergency imposed in October had succeeded in quashing a wave of nationwide anti-government protests that left hundreds of people dead. He insisted that Addis Ababa would not “give opportunity to any party to block the fast-growing economy and the attempt or efforts of the Ethiopian government to change the lives of the people”.
But in an apparent acknowledgment of the failings of the government’s state-driven development model, he admitted that anger over high unemployment was a
| Ethiopian, Cuba Agreed to Strengthen Ties
January 27, 2017 - The governments of Ethiopia and Cuba have agreed to further boost long-standing bilateral relations.
Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and the visiting Vice President of Cuba Salvador Mesa have discussed on bilateral issues.
The two sides have conferred on enhancing the age-long bilateral ties between the two countries, Ethiopian Ambassador to Cuba Dewano Kedir told ENA.
The discussion has particularly focused on cooperating in the area of science and technology.
Experience sharing and assistance from the Cuban side for the development of strong science and technology lab in Ethiopia were discuss