| 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
| Ethiopian Opposition Leader Merera Gudina Denied Bail Again
January 26, 2017 - Dr Merera Gudina, leading opposition figure in Ethiopia and Chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), has been denied bail by a court, according to Addis Standard.
Gudina is facing terrorism charges by the government which accuses him of meeting anti-government elements during a European tour last year.
The privately run Addis Standard news portal reported that the court granted the prosecutors an additional 28 days to continue their investigations.
His lawyers were also unsuccessful in an attempt to apply for release on bail and the termination of potential terrorism-related
| Improved Privileges for Outgoing Ethiopian Officials Proposed
January 22, 2017 - A new draft bill which was presented before the House of People's Representatives (HPR) on Tuesday aims to amend the existing proclamation on the rights and benefits of outgoing heads of state and government, senior government officials, members of parliament and judges, according to the Reporter. It also proposes improving privileges for senior governmental officials leaving office.
The existing law, referred to as Proclamation to Provide for the Amendment of Rights and Benefits of Outgoing Heads of State and Government, Senior Government Officials, Member of Parliament and Judges,
| EPRDF to Begin Dialogue with Opposition Parties Next Week
January 18, 2017 - The Ethiopian Peoples' Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) announced that it is ready for dialogue and consultation with political parties operating legally in the country, according to ENA report.
In an exclusive interview with ENA, Shiferaw Shigute, Head of the Office of the EPRDF, said the dialogue and consultation is expected to begin in the coming week.
EPRDF has been expressing willingness to work closely with political parties on national issues, acknowledging its weakness in the past in this regard.
The Party has been working with political parties
| Ethiopia Will Cement Relationships with Neighboring Countries - PM
January 12, 2017 - Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said his government will strengthen its bilateral relations with neighboring countries, according to FBC.
The Premier gave today explanation for questions raised by members of the parliament (MPs).
Responding to question regarding the status of Ethiopia’s relations with its neighbors, the Premier said, “We have excellent relations with Kenya and Sudan.”
“Our relation with Djibouti is strategic and one step ahead from the relations with other countries. We have also good relations with both South Sudan and Somalia,” he added.
| Ethiopia Committed to Policy Based on Mutual Benefits - PM
January 11, 2017 - Ethiopia is committed to pursuing its policy based on mutual benefits with any country, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said, according to ENA. At a press conference he held on January 9, 2017, the premier stated that the principles of Ethiopia’s diplomacy are in tune with this policy.
Accordingly, Ethiopia has been working to strengthen its bilateral relationship with Egypt through all means including people-to-people diplomacy.
Yet, some institutions in Egypt have been collaborating with groups categorized as terrorists set to destabilize Ethiopia, he pointed out.
In relation to this
| We Need to 'Consolidate Gains' Before Lifting State of Emergency - PM
January 10, 2017 - Ethiopia needs to "consolidate gains" after the deadly unrest last year before it can lift a state of emergency that was imposed in October, the prime minister said on Monday, according to Reuters.
"As far as the date of lifting the state of emergency is concerned, it should be seen in the perspective that we have to consolidate the gains that we have made so far," Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn told a news conference, noting that the measure had helped restore "normalcy".
Rights groups have said more than 500 people were killed in violence th
| TPLF Takes Measures Against 640 Members in Leadership Positions
January 2, 2017 –Following the in-depth reform program it carried out, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) has taken measures against more than 640 individuals in leaderships positions who committed misconduct.
Amanuel Amare, rural political affairs head at TPLF office, told ENA that the measures were taken against them for committing malpractice, failure to discharge their responsibilities and weaknesses.
Of these, the office laid charges against 13 leaderships who have been involved in grave rent-seeking practices. Some 22 individuals in leadership positions were also fired from the Front’s membership.
| Ethiopian Federal Police Arrests 130 People on Corruption Charges
January 2, 2017 – About 130 people have been arrested on suspicion of corruption, said the Ethiopian Federal Police Commission, according to Fana Broadcasting Corp.
They were arrested on suspicion of alleged corrupt practice in public procurement, housing and land development, banking and share companies -related activities as well as tax fraud, among others.
Commander Desta Asmelash, Executive Advisor to the Federal Police Commissioner, told journalists today that the Commission received 260 reports of corruption cases from the public.
Those detained so far are among the 206 suspects.
| Merera Denies Charges, Ethiopian Court Extends Detention by 28 Days
January 1, 2017 - Veteran opposition politician, Dr. Merera Gudina, chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), appeared before the Federal First Instance Court at Arada on Thursday and denied any terrorism ties and the allegations made in connection with his November 30 arrest after his return from Brussels, Belgium.
Merera told the court that he has spent his life opposed to violence and terrorism, and to teaching a better way. Investigators argued that Merera’s detention violated a provision of the country’s state of emergency measures.
That provision prohibits contact with terrorist organizations, which the investigator