| Ethiopia Detains 63 Officials for Rights Abuses, Corruption
November 12, 2018 - Ehiopia has detained a total of 63 individuals on suspicion of committing human rights abuses and corruption, the Attorney General of Ethiopia disclosed today.
Attorney General Berhanu Tsegaye told local journalists today the detention comes after five months of investigations.
According to the statement he made, 36 of the suspects were detained in connection with human rights abuses mainly abuses of political prisonsers jailed for terrorism. The remaining 27 individuals were detained for serious corruption cases.
In particular, he singled out the Metals and Engineering Corporation
| We Should Work for Peace and Stability in Ethiopia - Berhanu Nega
November 7, 2018 - In an interview he gave to Reuters, the leader of Ginbot 7 Dr Berhanu Nega said we have a real chance now to use this change to make Ethiopia peaceful and democratic. We should all work for peace and stability in Ehiopia, he said.
Dr. Berhanu Nega ran for election in 2005 and his party won several municipal seats. The results were, however, annuled by the then Prime Minister of the country Meles Zenawi.
He was subsequently jailed for two years and freed in 2007. He left the country soon after to resume teaching economics professor at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania.
He then left the US and w
| Former President Mulatu Teshome Awarded National Medal of Honor
November 5, 2018 - Former President of Ethiopia Mulatu Teshome was awarded Ethiopia's highest Medal of Honor at national palace yesterday.
In attendance were Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, former Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, senior government officials, former Presidents Girma Woldegiorgis and Dr. Negasso Gidada, and member of opposition political parties and diplomats.
Marking the event, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said the event is organized to bestow recognition for the remarkable achievements of leaders.
The Prime Minister said the former President Mulatu Teshome deserves the award for his outstanding ac
| Armed Groups in Western Ethiopia Closely Watched - Defence Minister
By Staff Reporter
October 31, 2018 - Ethiopian Defense Minister Engineer Ayisha Mohammed said her army is closely following activities of armed groups in Qelem Wollega of Oromia regional state of western Ethiopia.
Her remark followed reports of large rallies across western Oromia, supporting the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) and rejecting the government’s plans in Addis Ababa to disband OLF troops.
The rallies involved skirmishes and roadblocks, stemming partly from uncertainty over an agreement the recently returned OLF made with the government.
“It is true that armed groups are roaming aroun
| Former Ethiopian Foreign Minister Colonel Goshu Wolde Returns Home
By Staff Reporter
October 30, 2018 - Former Ethiopian Foreign Minister Goshu Wolde returned home after 32 years of exile in America. Colonel Goshu Wolde was Ethiopia's foreign minister during the DERG period from 1983-86. His return follows the call the government made to Ethiopian expatriates to return home and be part of the peaceful development.
He said the current political activities have paved the way for him to revisit his country. He has also hailed activities undertaken by the government to broaden the political landscape in the country.
He said the changes and reform moves call for collaborated ef
| Tigray Opposition Parties Arena Tigray and TAND Agree to Work Together
October 29, 2018 - Arena Tigray for Democracy and Sovereignty (Arena) and Tigray Alliance for National Democracy (TAND) have signed an agreement to work together, according to the Reporter. Citing deputy chairperson of Arena, Goytom Tsegay, the two parties have agreed to work together and possibly merger in future.
Both Arena Tigray and TAND were established by former members of the Tigrayan People's Liberation Front (TPLF).
Arena Tigray was established by former members of the TPLF, including former Tigray President Gebru Asrat, after fallout with Meles Zenawi over Ethio-Eritrea war in 1998-2000.
TAND was established in
| PM Abiy Ahmed Discusses Raya Unrest with Tigray, Amhara Administrators
October 27, 2018 - Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed met with senior officials today regarding the recent unrest in Raya area of Tigray regional state in Ethiopia. He met with Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen, the Speakers of the two Houses, and the Chief Administrators of Amhara and Tigray regional states over the current situation in Raya and its surroundings.
According to Fitsum Arega, Chief of Staff at the Prime Minister’s Office, the meeting concluded that any issue related to identity needs to be handled peacefully and accordancing to the Constitution.
Last week, demonstrators took to the streets of Alamata town deman
| Tigray Region Council Appointed Heads of Bureaus
October 22, 2018 - Tigray region council appointed heads of bureas today, according to FBC report. Heads of various administrative bureaus were nominated by Dr. Debretsion Gebremichael, Deputy Chief Administrator of the regional state.
The new appointees include Dr. Abraham Tekeste who served as Minister of Finance and Economic Development at the federal level until very recently.
Following the trend set by the new Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, the new appointments include five women out of ten appointed.
Here follows the list of new appointees in Tigray regional state.
1. Dr Abrham Tekeste – Head of Urb
| Ethiopia to Use Electronic Voting System in Next Elections
October 20, 2018 - Ethiopia is adopting electronic electoral system in th next elections, according to the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE), FBC reports.
The board said this is part of fundamental reform measures going on in the country to widen the political landscape.
Board Communication Director Tesfalem Abay told The Ethiopian Herald that the Board has launched tests to apply Biometric Voters’ Registration System (BVRS) that can help increase voters’ trust and create transparency during the election process.
Recently, Ethiopia's Election Board held consultative discussions with political
| Ethiopian Prime Minister Says He Escaped Assassination Plot
By Staff Reporter
October 19, 2018 - Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Thursday disclosed that he had escaped planned assassination attempt at one of temporary sites of internally displaced people who fled attacks and violence in one of conflict hit areas of the country.
Responding to questions of MPs in connection to the statement presented last week by President Mulatu Teshome to the joint session of the parliament, Abiy said he terminated his planned visit to one of the sites after he had got information that some groups were plotting and preparing to kill him.
Dr. Abiy Ahmed came to power as Prime Minister of Et
| Independent Media Vital for Genuine Democracy - PM Abiy Ahmed
October 18, 2018 - Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said Ethiopia needs what he called ‘Synergic Media’ to promote a genuine democracy. He called the desired media the Guide Dog Media, coupled with Watchdog Media.
According to Prime Minister such a media would serve not only as reporter but as guide as well, showing direction and providing recommendations based on evidence and research, he added.
The Prime Minister said media outlets should regulate and evaluate the performance of the planned activities of the government.
The Premier underscored the importance of providing the necessary support to private media c
| Soldiers Who Marched into PM Office Had Ill Intentions - PM Abiy Ahmed
By Staff Reporter
October 18, 2018 - Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said some of the soldiers who marched onto the palace recently had intended to disrupt the ongoing national reform.
It is recalled that on October 10/2018, well-armed soldiers numbering about 230 made undisclosed march into the PM office demanding pay raises and better benefits.
“Some of them came to the National Palace to wreck the ongoing reform, but it is difficult to say that they all came with such intentions," Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed told members of Ethiopian parliament on Thursday.
According to the premier, scores of yout
| Ethiopia Names First Female Defense Minister, Downsizes Cabinet
By Staff Reporter
October 16, 2018 - In a surprise move, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has appointed Aisha Mohammed as the country’s first female defense minister.
The appointment was approved on Tuesday by the national parliament which also endorsed a new cabinet in which half of the ministerial portfolios were taken up by women.
Aisha Mohammed, from the country's Afar region in the north-east, had served as construction minister.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed also downsized his cabinet number from 28 portfolios previously to 20, which includes the newly created Ministry of Peace.
| Ethiopian Soldiers Insisted on Entering PM Office Armed - Chief of Staff
By Staff Reporter
October 14, 2018 - Chief of staff of the Ethiopian Defense Forces General Seaare Mekonnen today announced that members of the Ethiopian Defence forces who made undisclosed march into the Prime Minister’s office last Wednesday were disarmed after long process of persuasions and tiring efforts.
In an interview with the state run Television, the chief of staff said the members who were well-armed including snipers had refused to disarm and rather insisted to getting into the premier’s office with their weapons.
“Their action was unconstitutional and violated military discipline.
| Ethiopian National Defense Detains Ring Leaders of March to PM Office
October 13, 2018 - Ethiopian Ministry of National Defense is detaining ringleaders believed to be responsible for encouraging some soldiers to go to Prime Minister’s Office last Wednesday, according to FBC report.
Last Wednesday, some 250 armed soldiers marched on the Prime Minister's office, demanding pay raises and other benefits.
The soldiers were stationed in and around Addis Ababa city.
The Prime Minister AbiyAhmed and Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen met the soldiers and heard their grievances.
In a surprise gesture, the PM asked the soldiers to do ten push-ups for coming to the office armed.
| Ethiopia to Reduce Number of Cabinet Ministers from 28 to 20
October 10, 2018 - The Council of Ministers yesterday approved plan to downsize the number of cabinet ministers in Ethiopia from 28 to 20. It sent a draft law to the House of People’s Representatives on the restructuring of the executive organs.
Based on the draft law, the new Cabinet is reduced from 28 to 20, according to Fitsum Arega, Chief of Staff at the Prime Minister’s Office.
It also created new ones reflecting the government priority, Fitsum said on Twitter, including Ministry of Peace.
A few of the ministeries are to merge, according to the report.
| Government Will Disarm OLF if Necessary - Ethiopian Official
By Staff Reporter
October 10, 2018 - Federal forces of Ethiopia will take all necessary measures to disarm the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) if the front fails to do so on its own, an Ethiopian senior official announced today.
In a briefing on Wednesday, State Minister of the Government Communication Affairs (GCOA), Kassahun Gofe, said the front had agreed to engage in peaceful struggle like other political parties during a series of meetings in the Eritrean capital, Asmara.
“In a sovereign country, only the government is entitled to get armed. There is no peaceful struggle while the an opposition party is carrying weapo
| Peace and Security of Nation at Risk Due to Government Slow Response - President Mulatu
By Staff Reporter
October 9, 2018 - Government’s slow response to the people’s political and economic demands coupled with growing injustice and undemocratic situations have put the nation’s peace and security at a cross road, Ethiopia’s President Dr. Mulatu said on Monday
Opening the joint session of the House of People’s and Representatives and House of Federation at the national parliament, President Mulatu said the government has been solely controlling the political space, prohibiting other key actors from national matters.
Dr. Mulatu said the government has also failed to establish independent demo
| We Made No Specific Agreement to Disarm - OLF Leader
October 7, 2018 - In an interview with Walta Information Center, the chairman of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), Dawud Ibsa, said that the OLF does not have a spefific agreement with Ethiopian government requiring it to disarm, only that it will contribute to peace and stability in Ethiopia.
The latest statement appears to contradict earlier reports that the organization had agreed to disband its forces and pursue peaceful struggle like other organizations operating inside Ethiopia.
The OLF chairman further said it is not correct to request us to disarm, as if one armed side is disarming the other.
Dawud Ibsa, the OLF chairman, also denied any
| EPRDF to Include Affiliate Organizations in Executive Committee, Council Meetings
October 6, 2018 - The just concluded congress of the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) has decided to include affiliate organizations into the Executive Committee and Council of the EPRDF meetings as non-voting participants.
They will participate as non-voting members, said Fekadu Tessema, Spokesperson of the 11th Congress of EPRDF.
The affliate organizations in question are Afar, Benishangul-Gumuz, Gambela, Harar & Somali parties.
These parties will be non-voting members of Executive Committee until a ‘study’ is concluded, according to the report from the EPRDF.