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Ethiopian Government to Hold Underperforming Ministries Accountable

By Staff Reporter

PM-Abiy-AhmedAugust 14, 2019 ( -- The government of Ethiopia has introduced a new legal framework whereby ministerial offices will be held accountable for their performances. The new legal framework is meant to bring stricter controls to the way different ministries perform against expectations.

The introduction of the legal framework comes after the Ethiopian planning and development commission disclosed that there is a mismatch between the performance reports of ministerial offices to the national parliament and their actual performance on the ground.

Ethiopian planning and development commissioner with the rank of minis

Will Ethiopia Hold Elections Next Year?

By Staff Reporter

Elections-Ethiopia-2012August 10, 2019 ( – The day for the fifth national elections of Ethiopia is fast approaching. And members of different political parties are expressing opinions as to whether the elections should be conducted as scheduled. Some are suggesting that the upcoming elections should take place on schedule and as planned. Others are saying they should be postponed.

In a recent briefing to journalists, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced that his government is committed to conducting free and fair elections next year. To this end, he said, his government has allocated big sums of money. He also cited the

Ethiopian Anti-Corruption Commission Made Inactive - Official

By Staff Reporter

Anti-corruption-commission-EthiopiaAugust 5, 2019 ( -- The Ethiopian Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission has been made inactive after its mandate and responsibilities were taken over by the attorney general and federal police offices, a senior official said

The commission's mandate including the right to investigate and file charges against suspects of corruption has been taken over by others following decision of parliament. That has put the very existence of the commission into question, Wedu Ate, Ethiopian Ethics and Anti-Corruption Deputy Commissioner said.

Speaking to journalists, Wedu stat

33 Ethiopian Parties Demand Annulment of 20 Articles in Draft Electoral Law

By Staff Reporter

33-parties-demand-changeAugust 2, 2019 ( -- Thirty-three Ethiopian political parties have demanded annulment of 20 articles in the new Ethiopian electoral draft law and amendments to 13 others. In a joint press briefing, the political parties said the ruling Ethiopian Peoples' Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) has once again emerged to be suppressive government by rejecting the voices and comments  of competing political parties,

According to the new electoral draft law, which was tabled for discussion at the national parliament last week, political parties are required to have at least 10,000 registered members

Foreign Hand in Coup Attempt - Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed

By Staff Reporter

PM-Abiy-AhmedAugust 1, 2019 ( -- Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed disclosed that many trainers and training manuals were used in the recent "foiled coup attempt" on June 22,2019 in Bahir Dar, capital of Amhara state in northern Ethiopia.

Briefing journalists on Thursday, PM Abiy Ahmed said the government received 1200 tips within 24 hours, right after the failed coup attempt. He also claimed that trainers who came from abroad were involved.

The foreign trainers had offered training to locals as to how successful coup could be made, he told journalists. "We have managed to uncover the training manual documents and t

Upcoming Ethiopian Elections Can Be Postponed with Public Consent - PM Abiy Ahmed

By Staff Reporter

PM-Abiy-AhmedAugust 1, 2019 ( -- The upcoming Ethiopian national elections can be postponed upon the consent of all political parties and the general public, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has said

Briefing journalists on Thursday, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said as it was the case before, the ruling EPRDF (Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front) will not decide whether the national elections should be held or not as per the schedule. "If the government decides by itself in line with the constitution and without the participation of others, the democratic situation would go wrong, he stated

Abiy said all poli

Seven Ethiopian Parties Call for Independent Body to Investigate Recent Killings

By Staff Reporter

twin-killings-EthiopiaJuly 25, 2019 ( -- Seven political parties have called on the Ethiopian government to form an indepedent body to investigate the killings of senior officials, including the late president of the Amhara regional state, Ambachew Mekonnen, and chief of staff of the Ethiopian defence forces, Seare Mekonnen, on June 22, 2019.

In a joint briefing on Thursday, the seven parties demanded the establishment of an independent body to look into the recent killings as well as the mass arrests that followed the killings. The seven parties demanding inquiry are All Ethiopian Unity Party (AEUP), Ethiopian Democratic Par

Ethiopia Introduces New Electoral Law

By Staff Reporter

NEBE-EthiopiaJuly 24, 2019 ( -- The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia has introduced a new electoral law requring national political parties to have at least 10,000 registerd members to be eligible for the upcoming national elections planned to be held in May next year.

Article 33 of the new electoral draft law, which was tabled for discussion at the national parliament on Wednesday, also stipulates that, except for ministers and government appointees, public servants running for parliamentary seats will be denied monthly salaries and benefits during the election process.

The draft law faced strong resistance from represe

Ethiopia to Introduce Cashless Transactions in State-Owned Institutions; Revise Business Laws

By Staff Reporter

Doing-Business-EthiopiaJuly 23, 2019 ( -- The government of Ethiopia is considering introducing cashless transactions among state-owned institutions shortly as part of its effort of trimming underground economy mainly illegal currency transactions

In a special meeting on improving ease of doing business and investment climate in Ethiopia, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said the national bank of Ethiopia would stop cash transactions at the earliest time possible to discourage illegal currency transactions.

According to the Prime Minister, non-cash transactions would be applicable in government offices and then in priva

Southern Ethiopia Region Placed Under Federal Security

SNNPR-Federal-SecurityJuly 23, 2019 ( -- The Ethiopian federal government has placed the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ (SNNP) regional state under federal security effective today July 23, 2019, according to FBC report.

The move covers all zones, including Hawassa city administration and special woredas. The region is placed under a temporary federal security force-led command post.

The Ethiopian government said the move followed request from the SNNP regional state to overcome security challenges that pose serious threat to the well being of the residents.

The southern Ethiopia region has been ro

Ethiopia Tightens Security in South as Demand for Statehood Rises

By Staff Reporter

Hawassa-ProtestsJuly 19, 2019 ( -- The government of Ethiopia on Thursday tightened security in Hawasa city, thecapital of the South Nations and Nationalities of Ethiopia (SNNPE), as protesters demanded for statehood of Sidama zone.

The protesters, wearing traditional red, white and yellow striped Sidama scarves and hats, marched to the zone's council's office to celebrate the declaration of Sidama's statehood by the Sidama Liberation Movement (SLM) based on the council's resolution on July 18, 2018.

In a recent speech to the Ethiopian parliament, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s said the federal governme

The Controversial Coup Attempt in Ethiopia

By Blen Girma

Failed-Coup-EthiopiaJuly 17, 2019 ( -- In a recent address to the national parliament, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said he had escaped several coup attempts and assassinations since he came to power on April 2, 2018, including a grenade attack a year ago at Meskel Square in Addis Ababa, at a rally held to support him as Prime Minister. The government is yet to come up with a conclusive evidence or report to show the public the origins and intent of that attack.

The latest tragedy was apparently instigated by a renegade general who tried to seize control of the northern state of Amhara in attempted regional coup in which the stat

ADP Chooses Temesgen Tiruneh Chief Administrator of Amhara Region

New-Amhara-LeadersJuly 16, 2019 ( -- The Amhara Democratic Party has chosen Temesgen Tiruneh as the Chief Administrator of the Amhara Region. He will succeed Dr. Ambachew Mekonnen who was gunned down in his office earler this month.

In addition to Dr. Ambachew Mekonnen, the late regional President, two others were also killed: his advisor, Ezez Wasse, and the region’s attorney general, Migbaru Kebede.

Temesgen Truneh was the security adviser to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. Prior to that, he was working at the Ethiopian Information Network Security Agency (INSA) under the leadership of the then Director of INSA, Abiy Ahmed, the current Prime Minist

Ermias Legesse Appointed Deputy Chair of Baladera Council

Ermias-Legesse-BaladeraJuly 5, 2019 ( -- Ermias Legesse was appointed the Deputy Chair of Baladera Council, a civic movement founded to protect the status quo of Addis Ababa as an autonomous federal city. The Baladera Council was founded by activist Eskinder Nega last year in response to a special interest claim by Oromo politicians over the city.

The news was announced in the city of Atlanta, USA, where Ermias Legesse held a news conference. Eskindir Nega, the founder, appeared over a video link to announce the appointment of Ermias Legesse. In his brief talk, Eskinder Nega said the reason for the appointent was that many of Baladera members are being arrested

Conspiracy Theories Abound on Recent Killings

Demeke-Mekonnen-whereaboutJuly 4, 2019 ( -- The late Amhara region administrator Dr. Ambachew Mekonnen and two other top Amhara officials were killed shortly after 5pm Ethiopian time in Bahir Dar. General Seare Mekonnen and his associate General Gezae Aberra were killed about four hours later, around 9pm in Addis Ababa.

The Ethiopian federal government said the two incidents were linked and were part of a coup attempt by Brigadier General Asaminew Tsige, who was killed the next day. Audio recordings made by Amhara TV personnel in which General Asaminew talked about actions taken on Amhara leadership appears to support that claim. Several Amhara regi

Dr Aregawi Berhe Says He Was Attacked and Detained in Mekelle

Aregawi-Berhe-TANDJuly 2, 2019 ( -- The leader of Tigray Democratic Coalition Party (TAND), Dr. Aregawi Berhe, was attacked in Mekelle last week at the funeral of General Seare Mekonnen and General Gezae Aberra. According to a press statement Dr. Aregawi Berhe gave in Addis Ababa, he said he had to cut short his trip due fear of mob violence. He was later detained by local police and spent one night at Quwiha police station. Further, according to Dr. Aregawi, one member of TAND leadership, who came to see him, was severely attacked and poisoned by regional security forces and is recovering in Mekelle hospital.

The trouble started at the Tigrayan martyrs monument whe

Ethiopia Loses Its Third General in One Week

Abraha-Seare-GezaeJune 28, 2019 ( -- General Abraha Woldemariam has reportedly passed away while in treatment in Bangkok, Thailand. General Abraha Woldemariam (also known as Quarter) was commander of the South Eastern Division of the Ethiopian Defense Forces until he was retired by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

Abraha Woldemariam was a member of TPLF (Tigrayan People's Liberation Front) guerrilla group prior to his career in the Ethiopian army.

He is considered as one of the ablest and most respected generals the TPLF has produced. He is believed to have played a key role in the Ethio-Eritrea war. He is also credited for stabilizing Somalia

Adem Mohammed Appointed Army Chief, Demelash Gebremichael Security Chief

Adem-DemelashJune 28, 2019 ( -- Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed appointed General Adem Mohammed as Chief of Staff of the National Defense Forces, replacing the General Seare Mekonnen, who was gunned down in his home by his bodyguard earlier this week.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed also appointed Demelash Gebremichael as Director-General of National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS), replacing General Adem Mohammed who served in that role for about a year. Demelash Gebremikael was deputy chief of NISS, appointed a year ago and held that position until now.

Also appointed was Lieutenat General Molla Hailemariam as Chief of Ground Forces in the Eth

Tigrayan People Losing Confidence in Ethiopian Federal System - Debretsion

Debretsion-TigrayJune 13, 2019 ( -- The Tigrayan people have been under constant attack since Abiy Ahmed was elected Prime Minister more than a year ago, says Dr. Debretsion Gebremichael, the Deputy Chief Administrator of Tigray.

In an interview he gave to the Ethiopian Reporter, Debrestion said “the people of Tigray have developed secessionist sentiment due to deliberate ethnic attack targeting Tigray.”

The interview follows Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's visit to Axum in Tigray earlier this week, one of only two times the Prime Minister ventured to Tigray in more than a year in office.

In the interview, Dr. Debretsion all but condemn

PM Abiy Ahmed Consults Opposition on NEBE Board Nominees

Opposition-AbiyJune 9, 2019 ( -- Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed held discussions with opposition leaders to select nominees for board membership of the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE).

The NEBE is selecting a board of 5 to prepare for and oversee the upcoming 2020 elections, including the head of NEBE.

Based on recommendations from various parties, the NEBE has announced a shortlist of 8 candidates.

The eight shortlisted nominees are Megabi Zerihun Degu Mengiste, Melaku Sibhat Bedane, Wubshet Ayele Gete, Berhane Moges Fikr, Demoze Mame, Mrs. Bizuwork Ketete, Dr Getahun Kassa and Abera Degefu Negawo. Per NEBE guidelines, a nominee mus


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