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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

Ethiopian Government Considering to Enact New Media Law

Social-mediaJune 3, 2019 ( -- The Ethiopian government is considering to enact a new law to combat what it called disinformation and hate speech on social media

According to discussions going on, disinformation and hate speech or "fake news" is posing a national threat to the country, and inflaming racial conflicts in several parts of Ethiopia.

To combat the spread of disinformation and hate speech, regulations have been proposed by the government and expected to be enacted upon by the House of Peoples’ Representatives (HPR), according to ENA report.

The rport quotes Associated Press (AP) Correspondent, Elias Meseret as support

Ethiopian Election Board Requests 3.7 Billion Birr Budget for Upcoming Elections

By Staff Reporter

Birtukan-Mideksa-NEBEMay 27, 2019 ( -- The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) has submitted a 3.7 billion birr ($132 million) budget for approval to the House of People's Representatives. This budget is meant to prepare and conduct the upcoming Ethiopian elections to be held in May 2020 elections.

Briefing jornalists on Monday chairperson of the Board Birtukan Midekissa said the record high budget would be used to conduct "fair and credible elections" where, among other things, voting papers will have security identity numbers and photos of candidates.

According to the chairperson, the board is se

Ethiopian Political Parties Form Panel to Facilitate Dialogue

Ethiopia-Election-PanelMay 25, 2019 ( -- In the run-up to the upcoming elections, Ethiopian political parties have established a five-member panel to facilitate dialogue among themselves, according to ENA report.

The panel formation was facilitated by the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE), according to the report.

Panel members were elected based on their "political neutrality, professional backgrounds and experience," it was disclosed.

The five members of the panel elected were Dr. Semir Yesuf, Dr. Shiferaw Muleta, Amha Mekonnen, Henok Aklilu and Dr. Tilaye Kassahun.

Despite the uncertainity, the NEBE is preparing for th

Ethiopian Police Orders Third Arrest Warrant for Getachew Assefa

By Staff Reporter

Getachew-Assefa-arrest-warrantMay 25, 2019 ( -- The federal high court has ordered the police to hand over arrest warrant for the former intelligence chief of Ethiopia Getachew Assefa and three others who were accused of committing gross human rights violations.This is the third time the court is ordering arrest warrant for the former intelligence chief of Ethiopia.

Getachew Asefa and 25 other employees of National Intelligence and Security Services have been charged with human rights violations even though the former intelligence chief and three others, namely, Atsebha Gidey, Assefa Belay, and Shishay Leul, were char

U.S. Embassy, NEBE Hold Communications Workshop for Political Parties

US-Embassy-Addis-AbabaMay 21, 2019 ( -- The U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa in partnership with the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) organized a half-day communications workshop for members of political parties in Ethiopia, according to press release from the US Embassy.

The workshop focused on supporting the communications capability of the parties as they prepare for upcoming elections.

In his remarks at the workshop, U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia Michael Raynor explained that “To have so many different political parties gathered in one place, and in a government building no less, is a testament to how far Ethiopia has come over the last year.

Reconciliation Commission to Examine Rights Violations During 2005 Elections

By Staff Reporter

Ethiopian-Reconciliation-CommissionMay 16, 2019 ( -- The newly established Ethiopian Reconciliation Commission is to handle human right violations that occured during and after the 2005 national elections.

Following the 2005 national elections, the House of People's Represetatives established an enquiry commission in charge of investigating human rights violations largely committed by security forces while trying to control the widespread violence in the capital city, Addis Ababa.

The commission had also been mandated to probe into whether the government took balanced measures against the protesters

Preparations Underway to Hold Free, Fair Elections - NEBE

Elections-BoardMay 15, 2019 ( -- The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) is making preparations for the upcoming 2020 Ethiopian national elections, according to the board spokesperson.

According to ENA news, Communication Advisor for NEBE, Solyana Shimelis, said the board has started its 2020 election preparations in advance to ensure the electoral process is free and fair.

Solyana stated that establishing impartial, democratic and fair electoral institution is at the core of the preparations of electoral board.

She said the board is working on three main areas: amending laws and proclamations, establishing dialogue with political p

Ethiopian House of Federation to Revise Budget Subsidy to Regions

By Staff Reporter

Keria-Ibrahim-SubsidyMay 13, 2019 ( -- The Ethiopian House of Federation is to revise the existing budget subsidy allocation formula in which regional states receive finaicial support from the federal government.

The existing budget formula, which has been in place for the last 22 years, was supposed to be revised in 2016. However, the revision was not made due to the controversy over the exact population size of the regions and other related matters.

On september last year, the house of federation approved a resolution providing for revising the formula following requests from regional governments.


Police Arrest Alleged Criminals Involved in a String of Robberies, Smuggling

By Staff  Reporter  

Addis-Ababa-policeMay 13, 2019 ( -- Police arrested unspecified number of people in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa for alleged involvement of criminal acts including robbery.

The arrest came after dozens of individuals criticized Addis Ababa police over its reluctance to take measures as armed gang members continued robbing businesses mainly in metropolis’ biggest open market known as Merkato.

Deputy Commissioner of the Addis Ababa Police Zelalem Mengiste in a briefing said 260 vehicles which have been used for carrying out the crimes were also sized during a massive operation the police undertook

7 Ethiopian Opposition Parties Merge, Elect Birhanu Nega as Leader

Ethiopian-Citizens-Social-Justice-partyMay 10, 2019 ( -- Seven Ethiopian opposition parties merged to form a new national party yesterday. The new party was named Ethiopian Citizens Party for Social Justice (ECPSJ).

The seven parties that merged were Patriotic Genbot 7, Ethiopian Democratic Party (EDP), All Ethiopian Democratic Party (AEDP), Semayawi Party, New Generation Party (NGP), Gambella Regional Movement (GRM), and Unity for Democracy and Justice (UDJ).

The newly created party also announced that it has elected its leaders. Dr. Birhanu Nega, formerly leader of Ginbot 7, was elected the leader of the new party. Andualem

Former Intelligence Chief of Ethiopia Formally Charged in Absentia

Getachew-Assefa-chargedMay 7, 2019 ( -- The Federal Attorney General of Ethiopia has formarlly charged the former intelligence chief of Ethiopia Getachew Assefa and dozens of other high level former officials of the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS).

Getachew Assefa and three other former officials, Atsebha Gidey, Assefa Belay, and Shishay Leul, were charged in absentia at the Lideta Federal High Court, according to a press release issued by office of the Federal Attorney General.

The charged individuals are suspected of gross human rights violations, including torture, forced confessions, sodomy, rape, electrocution, and arb

Former Ethiopian President Negasso Gidada Laid to Rest

Negasso-Gidada-FuneralMay 5, 2019 ( -- Former President of Ethiopia, Dr Negasso Gidada, was laid to rest today at St. Peter-Paul catholic cemetery today.

Thousands of people attended his funeral in the capital, Addis Ababa. President Sahle-work Zewde, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and other senior government officials attended the ceremony.

President Sahle-Work Zewde said “Negaso was honest, human and has contributed a lot for the best of his country.”

Dr. Negasso Gidada served as President of Ethiopia for six years, from 1995 to 2001, until his fall-out with the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, following the split within th

Massive Protests Held in Amhara Cities

Amhara-ProtestMay 2, 2019 ( - Massive rallies were held in several Amhara towns yesterday protesting the Amhara Democratic Party (ADP) rule and leadership as well as the federal government. These demstrations were one of the largest seen against the regional government to date.

Protest rallies were held in Bahir Dar, Gonder, Debre Markos, Debre Tabor, Finote Selam, Dembecha, Mierawi, and other places.

The demonstrations were not permitted by the Amhara regional government, but went ahead anyway, said the organizers.

Demonstrators chanted various slogans, including 'the ADP does not represent Amhara,' 'the ADP has changed name but

State Funeral Being Prepared for Former President Negasso Gidada

Negasso-Gidada-funeralApril 30, 2019 ( -- The Ethiopian government disclosed today that a state funeral arrangement is being prepared for the late President Negasso Gidada.

Dr. Negasso Gidada passed away on Saturday this week at the age of 75 years.

He was President of Ethiopia for six years (1995-2001) until his fall-out with the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, following the split within the Tigrayan People's Lberation Front (TPLF) and then the EPRDF immdiately after the war with Eritrea.

He was chairman of Oromo People’s Democratic Organization (OPDO), now renamed Oromo Democratic Party, one of four member parties of the

PM Shores Up Cabinet: Gedu Andargachew, Foreign Minister; Lemma Megersa, Defense Minister

Gedu-LemmaApril 18, 2019 ( -- Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed reshuffled his cabinet today, appointing Gedu Andargachew as Foreign Affairs Minister and Lemma Megersa as Defense Minister, perhaps signaling the tough road ahead.

Ethiopia is currently experiencing grave security situation, including a breakdown of law and order in many parts of the country, which the Prime Minister has so far failed to bring under control. On the political front, according to some, cracks have appeared in the alliance that propelled Abiy Ahmed to power, the Oromo-Amhara alliance. The current appointments are probably meant to address both.

Lemma Megersa served as Chief A

TPLF CC Issues a Statement, Declares Plot Against It Has Failed

TPLF-statement-Apr2019April 13, 2019 ( -- The Central Committee of the Tigrayan People's Liberation Front (TPLF) held a meeting this week and issued a strongly-worded statement decrying the worsening political and economic situation in Ethiopia.

The TPLF Central Committee meeting was held in the run-up to the upcoming Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) leadership meeting next week. The EPRDF leadership meetig is being held next week, starting Monday April 15, at the request of TPLF.

According the statement just released, the TPLF leadership seems to be taking increasingly stronger positions against Prime Minister

Military Wing of OLF Breaks with OLF Leadership

OLF-Militia-refuses-to-disarmApril 6, 2019 ( -- The military wing of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) has officially separated from the OLF leadership, according to statement from the group and as reported by the Ethiopian Reporter.

The OLF military wing, aslo known as Waraana Bilisummaa Oromoo (WBO), said it will no longer follow the the OLF leadership in Addis Ababa.

In a statement, the group said, “even if we had previously agreed to a ceasefire and settle our difference with the government, the government has continued to arrest our members and wage war on us.” The group added, “since the agreement in Asmara, Eritrea, we have been

Abiy Ahmed: 2020 Elections the Real Test

Abiy-ahmed-one-yearApril 2, 2019 ( -- Today marks a year since Abiy’s appointment as the Prime Minister. His appointment came after the resignation of his predecessor, HaileMariam Desalegn, to calm the unrest and pave way for the much-needed reforms. Much has changed since then, for better or worse for the country.

Shortly after assuming office, Abiy lifted the state of emergency, freed political prisoners, allowed dissidents to return to Ethiopia, and restored several websites and news channels that were previously banned.

One of the most significant developments was his acceptance of the Algiers accord, ending a two-decade stand-off with


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