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EPRDF Going Off-Track, Says TPLF Official

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TPLF-EPRDFOctober 21, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- The ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) has not only retreated from our guiding principles, but it is also off-track in its political course, risking the nation into disintegration, a senior TPLF official said.

In an interview with Dimtsi Weyane, an Executive Committee member of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), Getachew Reda, said “let’s not forget many ethnic Tigrayans, Amhara and Oromo. Those people who believe in being only Ethiopian are innocent.”

Getachew’s remark comes after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed criticize

TPLF Statement Undisciplined and Untimely – EPRDF Council

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EPRDF-EthiopiaOctober 18, 2019 (Ezega.com) –The Council of the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) criticized the recent statement issued by the Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) as “undisciplined and untimely.” The EPRDF statement refers to a statement issued by the TPLF this week opposing the formation of a single multinational party in Ethiopia, replacing the current EPRDF coalition.

In the statement issued on Friday, October 17, 2019, the EPRDF council said the recent statements by TPLF or its senior officials against the formation of a single party were found to be wrong and untimely for two basic r

The ODP Central Committee Concludes Its Two-Day Meeting

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ODP-EthiopiaOctober 18, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- The Oromo Democratic Party (ODP) Central Committee concluded its two-day meeting yesterday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The meeting ended with the passing of resolutions and directions set by the central committee.

In its statement, the ODP Central Committee announced the meeting has reviewed the strength and weaknesses of the reform programs ongoing in the country in the past few years. The party also made an in-depth review of ODP’s internal matters and put out resolutions to realize the objectives of the party going forward.

The party stated that paid particular attention to t

TPLF Calls Plan to Change EPRDF from Coalition to One Party Illegal

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TPLF-EPRDFOctober 16, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- The Tigray Peoples’ Liberation Front (TPLF) has called the plan to change the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) from coalition to one party “Illegal.”

In a statement issued on Tuesday at the end of a week-long meeting, the TPLF, one the founding members of Ethiopia’s ruling coalition, condemned Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s move to form a single party. “It will be like merging “fire and hay (grass)” it said in a statement.

The proposed single party would be quite different both in form and shape with the existing E

70 Ethiopian Opposition Political Parties Postpone Hunger Strike

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Ethiopia-Council-Political-PartiesOctober 16, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- Seventy opposition political parties have postponed hunger strike which they planned to hold on October 16, 2019, to protest the recently endorsed political party registration and code of ethics proclamation by the national parliament.

In a briefing on Tuesday October 15, 2019, the political parties’ coordinating committee said the political parties would hold the hunger strike on November 5-6, 2019, calling for annulment or amendment of 90 articles in the revised electoral law.

The coordinating committee said the political parties

Ethiopian Government Releases Coup Suspects on Bail

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Tefera-MamoOctober 14, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- Three suspects of the recent coup attempt which left high-level government officials dead, including the Ethiopian army chief of staff General Seare Mekonnen and President of the Amhara regional state Ambachew Mekonnen have been released on bail.

In its ruling on Monday, October 14, 2019, the Amhara state’s Supreme Court decided to release Brigadier General Tefera Mamo, Colonel Alebel Amare and Colonel Bamlaku Abay, each with 10,000 Ethiopian Birr bail.

The court’s decision comes after supporters of the suspects staged a rally and entered into a conflict with the police last Thursd

Addis Ababa Baladera Council Cancels Planned Demonstration

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Eskinder-NegaOctober 13, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- The demonstration scheduled for Sunday October 13, 2019 to protest ownership claim by Oromo politicians over Addis Ababa has been called off.

Eskinder Nega, the leader of the Baladera Council, was quoted as saying that “the council called off the demonstration for two reasons: the first being not to go against law and order and second was to stop the arrest against members of the council.”

He said the council had got permission to stage the demonstration, but lately it was told the demonstrators would not get any protection from the police.” Hence, we have cancelled off th

No Demonstration at Meskel Square, Says Addis Ababa Police

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Meskel-SquareOctober 12, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- The Addis Ababa Police Commission said “there will not be any meeting or demonstration to be staged at Meskel square,” on Sunday October 13, 2019.

In a statement issued on Saturday, the Police Commission said it has not been communicated about Sunday’s demonstration called by the Addis Ababa Baladera Council and they will not allow demonstrations to staged.

In a briefing yesterday, the Council had called for demonstration at Meskel Square to protest ownership claims by Oromo politicians over Addis Ababa and what they called the ongoing “suppression” on m

Addis Ababa Baladera Council Calls for Demonstration to Protest Oromo Ownership Claims

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Baladera-council-EthiopiaOctober 11, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- The Addis Ababa Baladera Council has called for demonstration on the coming Sunday October 13, 2019 to protest ownership claim by Oromo politicians over Addis Ababa and the ongoing suppression on members of civic associations and political parties.

In a briefing on Friday, the council said the Sunday demonstration will be held with six objectives, the first among them being to denounce the hijacking of democratic and justice endeavors witnessed at the beginning of the reforms in Ethiopia. The council said the hijackings of democratic norms are being perpetrated by the ruling p

The Controversy Surrounding Shimelis Abdisa Speech

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Shimelis-Abdisa-speechOctober 9, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- The Oromo people practiced Irrecha ritual as a thanksgiving celebration twice a year (in autumn and spring) to praise Waaqa (God) for peace, health, fertility and abundance, in general to bless their people, livestock, harvest and the entire Oromo land.

In Oromia, the core center of Irrecha celebration has been around Hora Arsadi in Bishoftu town, some 25kms to the south of Addis Ababa, the capital city.

Annually, particularly during the Irrecha birraa (the Autumn Irrecha) in September or October, the Oromo from different parts of the country come together and celebrate the ritu

We Did Not Stress Our Unity As Much As Differences, Says Ethiopian President

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President-Sahle-WorkOctober 7, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- In a speech delivered to the joint opening session of the House of People’s Representatives and House of Federation, Ethiopian President Sahle-Work Zewdie introduced her government’s sweeping plans for this Ethiopian fiscal year (2012).

Addressing the legislatures on Monday, October 7, 2019, the president said the government has done a multi-dimensional and inclusive reform last year during which it expanded the political landscape and registered sound economic growth.

The government’s reform on handling human rights, building democracy and fair utilization

Amhara Regional Government Blames Anonymous Forces for Recent Killings

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Amhara-Regional-GovernmentOctober 3, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- The Amhara Democratic Party (ADP) has blamed undisclosed forces for the recent killings and violence in northern part the regional state.

In a statement issued on Thursday, the regional government described the yet undisclosed forces made up of people raised in conspiracy politics. “The forces have had the mission of gaining political profit and hindering the ongoing reform in Amhara state in particular and the country in general.”

According to the statement, the forces have launched attacks in different places, killing innocent people while subjecting m

Oromia Regional Parties Form Umbrella Group, Pledge to Work Together

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Oromia-Parties-Work-TogetherOctober 2, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- Several political parties currently operating in Ethiopia’s Oromia Region have formed an umbrella group and signed an agreement that will enable them to work together.

Participating in the event were Dr. Abiy Ahmed, Prime Minster of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and Chairperson of ODP, Lemma Megerssa, Ethiopian Defense Minister and ODP Vice-President, Dawd Ibsa, Chairperson of OLF, Professor Merera Gudina, Chairperson of Oromo Federalist Congress, Lencho Leta, Chairperson of Oromo democratic Front, and several other regional party leaders.

In

70 Ethiopian Political Parties to Launch Hunger Strike to Protest New Electoral Law

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Council-Political-Parties-EthiopiaOctober 2, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- 70 Ethiopian political parties passed a resolution to launch a hunger strike to protest the recently-passed revised political party registration and code of ethics proclamation by the national parliament.

In a meeting on Wednesday October 2, 2019, the political parties said “our proposals were not included in the revised electoral law and our complaints against the law were not heard”

The political parties mainly complain over the required number of signatures to form a political party, both at regional and nationwide levels. According to the new

More Than 2000 Who Instigated Violence Still at Large - Ethiopian Official

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Attorney-GeneralSeptember 25, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- The office of the Attorney General of Ethiopia has announced that 667 people who were allegedly involved in instigating violence in different parts of the country are still at large.

In a briefing on Tuesday, September 24, 2019, the Director-General in the attorney general office Fikadu Seme said the suspects were accused of creating violence which claimed the lives of over 1000 people and wounded 1363 others in different parts of the country.

According to the Director-General, 2,290,490,145 Ethiopian birr worth of properties were damaged or looted during the persistent violence whi

Ethiopian Police Seize Over 2600 Smuggled Daggers Enroute to Addis Ababa

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Daggers-Debre-BirhanSeptember 23, 2019 (Ezega.com) – Ethiopian Police seized more than 2600 daggers while being smuggled at Debre Birhan town, about 130km north of the Ethiopian capital city, Addis Ababa.

The daggers, with different sizes and types were loaded on ISUZU plate number AA 3-84578 which was heading from the north part of the country to Addis Ababa. About 2500 of the daggers were said to have the same size.

The driver of the vehicle and two other suspects are being interrogated at Debre Birhan town police station and the owner of the daggers is still at large, Ezega has learned.

Police uncovered the

Ethiopia Will Remain United - PM Abiy Ahmed

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Abiy-Ahmed-ShegerSeptember 15, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is optimistic that Ethiopia will remain united and will become prosperous in few decades.

In an interview with Sheger Radio over the weekend, Abiy said the people of Ethiopia have no option but unity.

He hopes Ethiopia will have more than 80 nations and nationalities after 15 years as many people from different walks of life begin to live and invest in the country.

Abiy claimed Ethiopia is not that much ethnically diverse nation as compared to the US and UAE. He said with whatever diversity the country has, it will remain united.

He sa

No One Is Meddling With Electoral Board of Ethiopia - Birtukan Mideksa

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Birtukan-MideksaSeptember 4, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- No one is meddling with with the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE), says board chair Birtukan Mideksa. Neither the government nor any party is meddling with the NEBE which she is in charge of, she stressed.

Briefing journalists on Wednesday, Chairperson Birtukan Mideksa said “the board is working independently and I have not seen any interference from the government or any party over the issue of the board which I am in charge to lead.”

“We are operating within the powers and responsibilities bestowed to the board which is to strive to conduct free and f

Ethiopian Political Parties Council Opposes New Electoral Law

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Ethiopia-electoral-lawAugust 31, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- The Council of Ethiopian Political Parties has opposed the recently approved electoral and political parties' proclamation. The council said the proclamation has not been participatory enough and deliberated well.

In a meeting it held on Friday, the joint council of the political parties said the new electoral and political parties’ proclamation has made the political space tougher than it was even before.

The new electoral and political parties' proclamation which was endorsed last Saturday requires political parties to secure 10,000 sign

Referendum for Sidama Statehood to be Held on November 13, 2019

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Sidama-ReferendumAugust 30, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia has announced date for referendum on statehood request by Sidama Zone in South Nations Nationalities and People’s state of Ethiopia. The referendum will be held on November 13, 2019.

In a statement it issued on Thursday, the election board noted that it received a letter from the council of the South Ethiopian People Democratic Movement (SEPDM), requesting preparations be made for a referendum by the electoral board and concerned bodies.

The statement said the council of the regional state agreed on a proposal to share resources of Hawas

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