| EPRDF Council Concludes Meeting, Says Reform Constitutional, Party Reform Coming
September 15, 2018 - The Council of the Ethiopian People Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) concluded its regular session today, according to FBC report.
The EPRDF council has 180 members, 45 each from the four member parties of the EPRDF. The council's meeting follows the 36-member executive committee meeting of the ERRDF last week.
In the two-day session, the Council deliberated on current affairs as well as on discussion items for the 11th Congress of EPRDF, which is scheduled to take place later this month.
The Council hailed measures taken by the government to bring about stability, broaden political scope and
| Thousands Welcome OLF Leaders Jubilant Return to Addis Ababa
September 15, 2018 - Leaders of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), including its leader Dawud Ibsa, who arrved in the Ethiopian capital on Saturdy were received by thousands of supporters.
The OLF leaders are the latest group who were previously banned from the country and are returning home following political reforms going on in the country.
The OLF delegation was welcomed at the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport by government officials and invited guests.
Speaking to journalists at the airport, Dawud Ibsa said, “Ethiopian youth, Qero and Ethiopia people in general, including
| ANDM Considers Changing Name and Logo
September 13, 2018 - The Amhara National Democratic Movement (ANDM) is discussing plans to change its name and logo by taking into account the achievement levels of the Movement, according to FBC report.
According to Office of ANDM’s Central Committee, the following names are proposed for choice: Amhara People Democratic Party (APDP), Amhara Region People Democratic Unity Party (APDUP), Amhara People Democratic Organization (APDO), and Amhara People Democratic Movement (APDM).
The ANDM, like the other three parties forming the EPRDF, has been going through a lot of change internaly. Compared to what it was a few years ago, the organizati
| Head Ethiopian Investment Commission Resigns
September 12, 2018 - The Commissioner of Ethiopian Investment Commission (EIC), Dr. Belachew Mekuria, has resigned from his post according to FBC report.
Mekonnen Hailu, EIC Public Relations Director, confirmed his resignation to FBC, according to the report.
Dr Belachew served as Commissioner was appointed to his position about four and half months. He replaced Fitsum Arega, the current chief of staff at the Prime Minister’s Office.
No reason was given for his resignation by the government.
Ethiopia under the new Prime Minister, Dr. Abiy Ahmed, is driving for major changes within the
| Ginbot 7 Leader Calls for Presidential System in Massive Welcome Rally
By Staff Reporter
September 9, 2018 - Tens of thousands people on Sunday welcomed leaders of Patriot Ginbot 7 for Unity and Democracy Movement at Addis Ababa national stadium where the movement’s leaders vowed to work with “reformists” within the ruling party EPRDF which was referred by the movement’s leader to as “dictator and undemocratic.”
The supporters welcomed about 250 officials of the previously outlawed opposition political party all the way from Addis Ababa Bole international airport to the national stadium which was packed with people carrying the now common green, yellow and red
| EPRDF Executive Committee to Reconvene Tomorrow
September 7, 2018 - The Executive Committee of the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) will convene yet another meet tomorrow, according to state reports.
The committee held its first meeting two weeks ago since the new Prime Minister was elected. This the second such meeting in two weeks time.
The executive committeis expected to deliberate on agendas that have not been previously discussed, according to Sadat Nesha, EPRDF’s public and external relations sector head.
The Committee will also make preparations and deliberate on report that would be presented at the 11th Congress
| Ethiopia to Respect Pension Rights of Derg Military Personnel
September 3, 2018 - The Ethiopian Ministry of National Defense disclosed that pension rights will be respected for eligible members of the Derg military personnel who were demobilized after 1991, when the Ethiopian Peoples Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) took over power.
Citing information given by General Berhanu Jula, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Ethiopian Defense Force, Addis Zemen newspaper reported that the Ministry of Defense will collect the documents of those who were demobilized without pension rights due to different pretexts, to restore their rights.
It is to be recalled that members of the Ethiopian defense
| Bereket Simon Accuses Ethiopian Officials of Collaborating with Eritrean President
August 29, 2018 - Former Communications Minister of Ethiopia and Senior Advisor to Prime Minister, Bereket Simon, accused higher ranking Ethiopian officials of collaborating with Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki.
In interviews he gave with several radio and online media promoting his new book, Bereket specifically said that the former Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalegn, had talks with Isaias Afewerki about former officials such as himself and what to do about them. Bereket Simon felt that the senior Ethiopian officials, including leaders from his own regional party, the Amhara National De
| Former Somali State President Abdi Illey Appears in Court
August 29, 2018 - Former President of Ethiopian Somali regional state, Abdi Mohammed Omer, a.ka.a Abdi Illey, and three other former Somali state officials, appeared in court today
It is to be recalled that Abdi Illey and six other former senior officials of the Ethiopian Somali state lost their immunity from prosecution last Sunday. They were arrested this week.
Abdi Illey lost power after long running conflict with neighboring Oromia regional state, where local militia foces on both sides clashed, causing the displacement of thousands of people. The government of prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and the new Somali regional state leadershi
| Eritrea Facilitates Meeting Between Tigray Rebels and Ethiopia
August 28, 2018 - The Eritrean government reportedly hosted reconciliation meeting betweent the Tigray People’s Democratic Movement, TPDM, and the Ethiopian government, according to African News.
The meeting took place on Tuesday in Asmara, Eritrea. According to Information Minister Yemane Meskel, representatives from Addis Ababa led by the Director of the National Intelligence and Security Service met with a delegation of the Tigray People’s Democratic Movement, TPDM.
The Ethiopian team was led by the intelligence chief, TPDM was led by its chairman Mokonen Tesfay.
The TPDM is a small armed opposi
| Abdi Illey Arrested; Seven Former Somali Leaders Lose Immunity
August 27, 2018 - Former President of Ethiopian Somali regional state, Abdi Mohamed Omer, a.k.a. Abdi Illey, has been arrested, according to latest reports. According to previous reports, Abdi Illey has been in custody of the federal government since early this month. It is not disclosed in what manner the former regional state president was taken to Addis Ababa and why his arrest is announced now.
According to the reports, he was arrested at his home located around Atlas Hotel. Prior to formal arrest, it is not known whet
| Prime Minister Downplays Divisions within EPRDF, Vows Continued Reform
August 25, 2018 - Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed addressed provided his first press conference yesterday and discussed a range of issues, including the ongoing reforms and challenges within EPRDF, conflict in Jigjiga and elsewhere, and the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.
The prime minister downplayed rumored rift within the EPRDF, especially with the TPLF, saying that the TPLF as well as the people of Tigray are fully behind the refoms ongoing. He said if there is any resistance, it is from individuals who lost their perks from their previous positions, and these individuals are found in all four parties within the EPRDF.
| Rights Activist Elected President of Ethiopian Somali State
By Staff Reporter
August 24, 2018 - The council of Ethiopian Somali People’s Democratic Party (ESPDP), in its extraordinary meeting on Thursday elected Mustafa Mohammed Omar as new president of the Somali regional state.
Mustafa Mohammed Omar, who has been working as human rights activist and agricultural economist by profession replaced interim president Ahmed Abdi after the state’s long time serving president Abdi Mohamoud Omar a.ka Abdi Illey was detained by the government in Addis Ababa for sponsoring violence in the regional state.
The appointment of the new president comes after thousands of armed members
| Former Intelligence Chief on the Run?
August 22, 2018 - Unconfirmed reports are spreading on the internet claiming that an arrest warrant has been issued on Ethiopia's former Intelligence chief, Getachew Assefa.
Online media outlets such as ESAT, Addis Neger and Borkena.com are reporting that Getachew Assefa did not attend the just concluded regular meeting of the Executive Committe of the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF). According to the reports, his whereabouts are unknow at this time.
If true, this will mark yet another step towards further deterioration of relations between the Tigrayan People's Liberation Front (TPLF) and t
| EPRDF Executive Committe Concludes Regular Meeting
August 22, 2018 - The Executive Committee of the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) concluded its regular meeting held August 20-22, 2018. The EPRDF reviewed various gains made in the last few months, according to FBC report.
The executive committee said great and unbelievable achievements were made, which earned the admiration and support of the people, according to a statement released by EPRDF.
The front highlighted gains made in political, diplomatic, and socio-economic sectors, especially the peace deal between Ethiopia and Eritrea, as well as the move to strengthen ties wit
| Pacified Politics or Risk Disintegration? A Race Against Time in Ethiopia
August 21, 2018 - René Lefort, a keen observer of Ethiopian politics, warns of the perils ahead in the current political trajectory in Ethiopia. Whereas much has changed in so short a time, he says, much also remains the same, including the consilidation of power at the center and the unanimous decisions. Although talk of tolerance, reconciliation and forgiveness has elevated Ethiopian people's optimisim, he says, ethnic-based divisions, violence and displacement have never been greater.
"The dramatic changes of the last months have moved Ethiopia away from “the gates of the hell,” says the
| EPRDF Executive Committee Starts Meeting Today
August 20, 2018 - The Executive Committee of the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) started meeting today, according to FBC report.
According to Sadat Neshat, head of public and external relations sector at Office of the EPRDF Council, the Committee will deliberate on various issues.
The executive committe is composed of nine members from each of the four organizations that form the EPRDF.
No details have been given about this meeting. It has been a while since the executive committe met last time.
The number of topic to talk about is expected to be huge, considering the fact that the country h
| Former Somali State Leaders Sponosred Killings, Robberies; Misued Public Funds - Ahmed Shide
By Staff Reporter
August 20, 2018 - The new Chairman of the Ethiopian Somali People's Democratic Party (ESPDP), Ahmed Shide, disclosed that the previous leadership led by the recently sacked Abdi Mohamoud Omar a.ka Abdi Illey was organizing, training, arming and deploying Somali youth to carry out killings, robberies and torching of religious institutions in the JigJiga city and other towns of the Somali regional state.
In a statement over the weekend, the newly appointed chairman of ESPDP and government spokesperson Ahmed Shide said many lives have been lost in the recent violence across the regio
| Ethiopian Premier Warns Groups Promoting Ethnic Violence
By Staff Reporter
August 19, 2018 - Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed on Sunday warned those individuals and groups who are involved in perpetrating violence, largely ethnic-based attacks in different parts of the country.
In a delayed statement, Abiy said ethnic-based killings, physical attacks, destroying of properties and forced displacement have continued to spread in various parts of Ethiopia over the past days in violation of law and order.
He said the rule of law has faced serious challenge as vandalism has continued to prevail in the country, affecting the right of people to live in peace and freedom.
| Ethiopia Inaugurates Waste to Energy Facility Amid Diplomatic Row
By Staff Reporter
August 19, 2018 - The 25-megawatt (MW) Reppie Waste to Energy facility project, which Ethiopia claims to be the first of its kind in Africa, was inaugurated on Sunday despite continuing disagreement between the contractor Cambridge Industries Ltd (CIL) and its client Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP).
According to the agreement reached by the parties four years ago, the Reppie waste-to-energy project was designed to produce 50 Mega Watt (MW) of elecrity by Cambridge Industries Ltd from dry waste at Ethiopia's largest landfill site commonly called "Koshe" in Addis Ababa.