| TPLF Issues a Strong Statement Criticizing Abiy Ahmed Leadership
February 17, 2019 (Ezega.com) - The Tigrayan People's Liberation Front (TPLF) celebrated the 44th anniversary of its foundation today in Mekelle, Tigray, and other cities around the world.
Marking the occasion, the organization released one of the strongest statements it issued to date criticizing the way the country is going under the leadership of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
The Organization all but condemned what it called the erosion of constitutional order in broad day light and vowed that it will not sit idly while the country is going into anarchy.
The statement claimed both internal and "external forces" are working
| Ethiopian Federal Forces in Amhara Region to Quell Unrest
February 17, 2019 (Ezega.com) - Ethiopian National Defense and Federal Police Forces have entered parts of Amhara regional state to stabilize the deteriorating security situation in the state.
The Amhara regional administration formally asked the Ministry of Defense and federal police forces to help stabilize the situation in western and central Gondar. The Ethiopian Army and Federal Police has taken over the security matters of the two zones, according to the report.
The army and federal police has already issued warning to potential violators that they will take serious measures against armed individuals or groups, who have been causing
| Ana Gomes, Long-Time Critic of Ethiopian Government, Arrives in Addis Ababa
February 16, 2019 (Ezega.com) - The long-time critic of the Ethiopian government and Portuguese member of the European Union (EU) Parliament, Ana Gomes, arrived in Addis Ababa today.
She was European Union's chief observer during the 2005 disputed Ethiopian elections. She became very critical of both the 2005 Ethiopian election and the government of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi in general since 2005.
Following the elections, Ana Maria Gomes stated that "indeed there were massive human rights violations" during and after the election. She endorsed calls for the creation of national unity government as well as new election
| Shaking Up the Government Risks Intensifying Ethnic Friction
February 15, 2019 (Ezega.com) - Disagreement over resources between the various ethnic groups in the country has been the source of conflict and mass displacement, but shaking up the government which is led by reformist Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed risks intensifying ethnic friction according to experts.
Tewodrose Tirfe, the chairman of the Amhara Association of America, a U.S based advocacy group says presently ethnic tensions are a fundamental problem for Ethiopia. Millions have been displaced in a humanitarian crisis that could get out of control.
In the first half of last year, Ethiopia's rate of 1.4 million internally dis
| Ethiopian National Defense Forces Undertaking Deep Reform
February 14, 2019 (Ezega.com) - The chief of staff of Ethiopian Defense Forces, General Seare Mekonnen, said Ethiopia's National Defense is carrying out deep institutional reform to build a well trained, strong, and professional army, according to FBC news report.
The chief of staff said this on the 7th Ethiopian Defense Force Day in a panel discussion that was held in Adama city, Oromia regional state.
The Ethiopian Defense Force Day has been celebrated every year since January 9, 2019.
The event was attend by Defense Minister, Aish Mohamed, chief administrator of Oromia regional state, Lemma Megersa,
| Former TPLF Official Plans to Join Another Party
February 10, 2019 (Ezega.com) - Former spokesperson of the Office of the Prime Minister and Deputy Head of Government Communications Affairs Office, Zadig Abraha, said that he will join another political party upon his return from the UK, where he is pursuing his master's degree.
Zadig Abraha was a member of the Tigrayan People's Liberation Front (TPLF) until he resigned recently on February 5, 2019.
In his resignation letter, Zadig cited the handling of the Raya issue as one of the differences he had with the TPLF. “The way the Raya issue is being handled is not democratic,” he said in the letter.
| Somali Regional State of Ethiopia Lifts Immunity of 12 Officials
February 7, 2019 (Ezega.com) - The Somali regional state of Ethiopia has been going through some unusual political developments in the last month or so. The chief administrator of the region, Mustafa Omer, who replaced former Somali strongman Abdi Mohamed Omer, also known as Abdi Illey, in August last year all but accused the chairman of the Somali People’s Democratic Party (SPDP), Ahmed Shide, of plotting to remove him from office.
Further, Mustafa Omer accused Ahmed Shide and others of working with forces loyal to former Somali President Abdi Illey. This is strange given the fact that Abdi Illey is in federal custody and Ahmed
| Ethiopia Forms Reconciliation and Boundaries and Identity Commissions
February 6, 2019 (Ezega.com) - Following extensive consultations, the Ethiopian government has established two commissions this week, the Boundaries and Identity Issues Commission, and the Reconciliation Commission.
The Ethiopian House of People’s Representatives (HPR) approved the formation of the two commissions and the proposed members for the two commissions.
The candidates were selected based on age, experience, gender, religion, educational background, region, and representing three generations, among others, according to the report.
Members of the Boundaries and Identity Issues Commission were approved by a majoriy vote with 2
| We Should Accept Criticism to Build Nation - PM Abiy Ahmed
February 5, 2019 (Ezega.com) - Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed was the guest of the parliament, where he held a question and answer session with the legislators. The Premier once again made it known that he’s true to his reform ideology when he urged the ruling coalition to accept criticism for the sake of nation-building.
“Many political parties have returned home from all over the world, some 20 of them, who’d been unable to engage in any political activity in the last 15, 20 or 30 years, some of them 40 years old; this is a major victory for this parliament,” said Abiy.
According to the prime minister, the cou
| Ethiopian Leaders Must Get Direct Votes of the People
February 3, 2019 (Ezega.com) - Leaders of Ethiopian political parties met this week to exchange ideas on the way forward for Ethiopia. During the meeting, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said Ethiopian leaders must get direct votes of the people.
Numerous political parties were represeneted in the meeting, incluidng the ruling party, EPRDF (Ethiopian People's Revlutionary Democratic Front), Ginbot 7, Semaywai Party, as well regional parties from Oromia, Tigray and elsewhere.
During the discussion Prime Minister Abiy stressed the need to make sure that the country will be led by the leader who go
| Oromia, OLF Sign Peace Deal
January 24, 2019 (Ezega.com) - The regional government of Oromia and the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) have signed a reconciliation pact today, according to FBC report.
The peace agreement was organized by Abba Gadaas (Oromo traditional leaders), elders, scholars and youth, and it was signed at Ambo University, in Oromia regional state.
Dawud Ibsa, Chairperson of OLF, and Dr Milkesa Mideksa, from the Oromia regional state pledged to work together to avoid bloodshed and move forward.
According to the agreement, OLF will encamp its soldiers soon.
The two sides held their first-round reconciliation discussions last Tuesda
| EPRDF Exec Committee Concludes Meeting, Lauds Achievements
January 18, 2019 - The Executive Committee of the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) concluded its meeting today, according to FBC news report.
According to a statement issued following conclusion of the meeting, the leadership committee commended the measures taken following the decisions of the 11th Organizational Congress of EPRDF to widen the political landscape.
Achievements cited were the release of prisoners, the return of exiled political parties and armed group to the country, improvement in the protection of human rights, freedom of expression, and freedom of the press were stated
| EPRDF Executive Committee Holding Regular Session
January 16, 2019 (Ezega.com) - The Executive Committee of Ethiopian ruling party has started one of its regular session today, office of the Front said.
The chairpersons and deputy chairpersons of affiliate parties are participating at the meeting, according to the decision made at the 11th organizational congress.
The Committee is expected to evaluate the implementation of the directions set at the 11th organizational congress of the Front held in October 2018 in Hawassa.
There, the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) held its conference under the theme “National Unity for All Rounded Prosperi
| Tigray Government Refuses to Hand Over Getachew Assefa - Attorney General
January 5, 2018 - The Attorney General of Ethiopia requested help from the House of Peoples’ Representatives (HPR) to arrest former head of Intelligence chief Getachew Assefa.
The Attorney General, BerhanuTsegaye, specifically asked HPR to apply pressure on the Tigray regional state to hand over the former chief.
The Attorney General made this request while presenting five-month performance report to the House of Representatives.
During the session, Berhanu presented details of activities carried out in the past five months including measures taken against crimes, human right abuses, corruption and organiz
| PM Office Appoints Nigusu Tilahun as Press Secretary, Kassahun Gofe as Deputy
January 2, 2019 (Ezega.com) - The office of the Prime Minister of Ethiopia announced that Nigusu Tilahun was appointed as press secretary at the office of the Prime Minister, replacing Billene Seyoum.
In November 2018, the Ethiopian goverment had appointed Billene Seyoum as Press Secretary at the office of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, a job that was covered previously by Abiy’s former Chief of Staff, Fitsum Arega, who was recently appointed Ethiopian Ambassador to the United States of America.
The reason the former press secretary was replaced was not disclosed.
Before his current appointment, the new press se
| Four Ethiopia-Wide Political Parties Agree to Merge
January 1, 2019 - Four Ethiopia-wide political parties have agreed to merge and form one citizen-based party.
In a press conference, the Semayawi Party (Blue Party), Ethiopian Democratic Party (EDP), Patriotic Ginbot 7, and Unity Party (UP) said they are forming a new party.
The four parties have been in negotiations on forming some kind of unity party between their respective organizations.
According to the plan, the new party is to be formed at the end or march 2019.
The name of the new party is not yet disclosed, nor its leaders, according to the information they released.
As far as its
| Eritrea Closes Border Crossings Partially
December 28, 2018 (Ezega.com) - Eritrea has partially closed two border crossings that opened this year after the normalization of relations with Ethiopia, according to the Associated Press.
Following the normalization of relations that started in July this year and the opening of borders in September 2018, thousands of people have crossed the border that was closed for two decades.
In addition to traders and family visitors, more 25,000 Eritreans have come to Ethiopia, seeking asylum and potential route to Europe and other places.
The exact reason for the partial broder closure is unknown.
| ODP Blames OLF for Failing to Implement Peace Plan
December 26, 2018 - The Oromo Democratic Party (ODP) blamed the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) for failing to implement the peace plan both parties agreed upon, including the disarmament of the OLF.
Speaking to the press, ODP representative Mogos Edeo said "the peace agreement reached between the Oromo Democratic Party (ODP) and the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) to pacify Oromia a month ago has expired without bearing fruit due to the unwillingness of OLF."
According to him, on 26 November 2018, a committee was formed to prepare a joint plan to maintain peace, disarm OLF fighters, and sustain the peaceful struggle among
| Ethiopia Forms Elite Force to Protect Leaders
December 24, 2018 (Ezega.com) - The Ethiopian government of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has created an elite security force to protect leaders, officials and their families, including Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, according to Fana Radio report.
The elite force, known as Republican Guard, has been training for the last six months, according to the report.
No details have been given as to its structure or its command chain.
The decision to establish a new security system was reached after a bomb blast rocked the capital in May this year during a rally at Meskel Square in support of the Prime Minister.
Since 1991, wh
| New Bill to Reorganize Ethiopian News Agency, Create Civil Society and Education Centers
December 22, 2018 (Ezega.com) - The Council of Ministers of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed passed decisions on various draft bills at its regular meeting today in Addis Ababa, according to Ethiopian News Agency.
Among other things, the Council of Ministers passed decisions to reorganize the Ethiopian News Agency (ENA).
The draft bill will re-establish the Ethiopian News Agency (ENA) and enable the agency to have institutional autonomy and disseminate reliable information accordingly.
The Council also deliberated on Ethiopian Space Policy, Constitution and Federalism indoctrination center, and civil society organizations