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Ethiopia to Hold Elections, Open Schools amid COVID-19 Outbreak

By Staff Reporter

Ethiopian-ElectionsSeptember 22, 2020 ( -- The Ethiopian parliament on Tuesday decided that the country’s 6th general election would take place this year with the necessary precaution measures against coronavirus outbreak.

The general election, which was originally scheduled for August 29, 2020, was postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic on March 31, 2020.

The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia said it had been forced to suspend pre-election activities due to the pandemic and promised to announce a new timeline once the pandemic has subsided.

The house’s decision came after the

Jawar Mohammed Dismisses Terrorism Charges against Him as “Politically Motivated”

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Jawar-Mohammed-in-CourtSeptember 21, 2020 ( -- Jawar Mohammed, a prominent opposition leader, told federal high court that the terrorism charges against him were “poltically motivated” aimed at barring him from next elections.

The Federal Attorney General charged Jawar Mohammed and twenty-three others with multiple criminal offenses including terrorism charges. Eighteen of the defendants, including Jawar Mohammed and Bekele Gerba appeared before court on Monday.

“I feel proud for facing terrorism charges,” he told the court. Jawar had faced similar charges in absentia wh

Jawar Mohammed, 23 Others Face Terrorism Charges

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Jawar-BekeleSeptember 20, 2020 ( -- Jawar Mohammed, the alleged architect of the recent violence in Ethiopia, and 23 other co-defendants face terrorism charges, according to the Ethiopian government.

An activist turned politician Jawar Mohammed, Bekele Gerba, Hamza Adnen and others were arrested early July for alleged instigation of deadly violence in parts of Addis Ababa and the Oromia region of Ethiopia.

At least 200 people were killed in targeted attacks against Orthodox Christians and non ethnic Oromos during the prolonged violence that occurred after the killing of popular singer Hachalu Hundessa.

Oromia regi

Hundreds of Thousands Rally in Solidarity with TPLF

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Tigray-RallySeptember 16, 2020 ( -- Hundreds of thousands of people rallied on the streets of Mekele city, capital of Tigray region of northern Ethiopia in solidarity with the recent elections and the governing party of the region.

Similar demonstrations were held in Wuqiro, Alamata, Shire, Humera and other towns of the region in a show of support for the ruling the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) which won the region’s recent elections against infant political parties.

TPLF won last week’s election in landslide victory securing 98.2 percent of total votes and 189 seats out of 190 seats of the regional parli

Dawud Ibsa Dismissed as Chairperson of OLF

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Dawud-Ibsa-DismissedSeptember 14, 2020 ( -- The Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) has dismissed Dawud Ibsa as chairperson of the front for alleged involvement in armed struggle and for making repeated attempts to split up the front’s unity.

The chairperson’s dismissal aims to rescue the party from a breakup, Public Relations Head of the front Kejela Merdassa told local media.

The front’s executive committee in a statement issued on Sunday stated several disciplinary offenses that Dawud Ibsa has committed while serving as chairperson of the front.

The executive committee accused th

TPLF Gets 98.2 Percent of Tigray Vote

By Staff Reporter

TPLF-gets-98.2-voteSeptember 12, 2020 ( -- The Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) said it won the elections in Ethiopia’s Tigray region in a landslide victory, securing 98.2 percent of the vote. The TPLF has ruled Tigray for more than 30 years, often with 100 percent of parliamentary seats in the region.

Four small and new political parties competed during the elections, namely, Baytona, Salsay Weyane Tigray, Tigray Independence Party, and Asimba Democratic Party took part in the controversial elections which the federal government referred it to as “illegal.”

The region’s electio

Tigray Region Conducts Elections Defying Federal Government

By Staff Reporter

Tigray-Region-electionSeptember 9, 2020 ( -- Ethiopia's Tigray region on Wednesday conducted regional elections in defiance of resolutions by the House of Federation who called the vote “unconstitutional.”

Muluwork Kidanemariam, a regional election commissioner, told local media the turnout was 98 percent -- out of more than 2.6 million registered voters.

Voters queued up before dawn at polling stations and there were long lines at voting centers with strict safety measures against coronavirus infections, has learned.

"Now we have to count the whole night

Government Blocks At Least Ten Journalists from Covering Tigray Elections

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Tigray-ElectionsSeptember 7, 2020 ( -- The Ethiopian federal government banned at least ten journalists from covering the controversial elections in the Tigray region by preventing them from flying to the region’s capital.

Members of the security force barred the journalists at Addis Ababa International airport from flying to Mekele city and confiscated their ID, laptops, and video and photo cameras, learned on Monday.

The Ethiopian House of Federation on Saturday declared the planned election in the Tigray regional state and its subsequent results as “null and void.”

Ethiopian Upper House Declares Tigray Election as “Null and Void”

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House-Federaion-EthiopiaSeptember 7, 2020 ( -- The Ethiopian House of Federation on Saturday declared the planned election in the Tigray regional state and its subsequent results as “null and void.

The upper house’s decision came after it deliberated on the resolution proposed to it by the Constitutional Interpretations and Identity Affairs Standing committee of the house.

In its extraordinary meeting, the house said the decisions passed by the regional government to hold separate polls and the establishment of an election commission referring to article 351/2012 of the constitutio

Any Attempt to Stop Tigray Elections Tantamount to Declaration of War: TPLF

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Tigray-electionsSeptember 4, 2020 ( -- The Tigray regional government said any decision the House of Federation (HoF) would pass in connection to the Tigray region’s elections is tantamount to declaring war.

The warning comes a day before the House of Federation is to hold an extraordinary meeting on undisclosed discussion agendas.

Officials of HoF on Thursday confirmed the Identity and Geographic Restoration of Raya and Wolkait-Tegede committees and Raya Rayuma political party that the house would dwell Tigray’s election and related matters in e

The Tigray council in a letter sent to

TPLF Accused of Engaging in Forced Assimilation of Raya People

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TPLF-Amhara-disputeSeptember 4, 2020 ( -- Raya Rayuma Democratic Party accused the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) of engaging in forced assimilation and causing an identity crisis against the people of Raya in a move to strengthen regional autonomy.

The party has called on the federal government to deploy a national defense force in southern Tigray to defend the rights of those people who resisted partaking in Tigray’s controversial election.

The federal government did not respond yet amid growing complaints about the identity of people in Raya and Walqaite Tegede in southern and wes

Huge Tracts of Land Illegally Taken in Addis Ababa: Opposition Party

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Takele-Uma-former-Addis-Ababa-MayorAugust 31, 2020 ( -- The Addis Ababa City Administration has faced allegations that it permitted land grabbing and illegally transferred condominium houses in a politically motivated decision.

In a briefing on Monday, Ethiopian Citizens for Social Justice (ECSJ) said thousands of square meters of land have been taken illegally over the past months.

Ethiopian Citizens for Social Justice (ECSJ) said the land grabbing and illegal transfer of the condominiums have reached a “critical level” based on a study it conducted on the matter.


More Than 2.6 Million Voters Registered: Tigray Election Commission

By Staff Reporter

Tigray-Region-CouncilAugust 28, 2020 ( -- More than 2.6 million people have been registered as eligible voters to take part in the upcoming election scheduled to take place on September 9, 2020, in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, the region’s election commission has announced.

The number of people registered for the election is reported as the highest ever, said Muluwork Kidanenariam, Tigray Election Commissioner.

The commission concluded voters’ registration effective on Thursday but according to the commissioner those voters, who could not make it for the last five days, can get reg

Court Finds 5 Guilty of Plot to Kill PM Abiy Ahmed

By Staff Reporter

Meskel-square-bomb-blastAugust 28, 2020 ( -- The Ethiopian High Court on Friday passed a guilty verdict on five defendants who were charged for attempted assassination against Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed during a rally held in support of the premier’s sweeping reforms.

A bomb that was thrown at the stage while Abiy waved to the crowd of tens of thousands in Addis Ababa’s Meskel Square on June 23, 2018, killed two people and wounded more than 163 others.

Accordingly, the court passed a guilty verdict on the defendants namely Getu Girma, Berhanu Jafar, Tilahun Getachew, Bahiru Tolla, a

Pro-Jawar Mohammed Protests Hit Multiple Oromia Towns

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Jawar-MohammedAugust 19, 2020 ( -- Multiple Oromia towns of Ethiopia saw disturbances on Tuesday as police clashed with protesters who were demanding for the release of an activist turned politician Jawar Mohammed.

Dozens of people were killed and several others wounded amid the clashes as a number of shootings took place in a still deeply divided Oromia region.

Getachew Balcha in a briefing said the region’s security forces managed to foil the planned violence on Tuesday, August 18, 2020, in Oromia’s Arsi and Harargae zones which are believed to be Jawar’s stronghold.  

Planned Violence in Oromia Towns Foiled: Oromia Police

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Jawar-BekeleAugust 19, 2020 ( -- The Oromia police commission said it has foiled planned violence that was supposed to hit several Oromia towns of Ethiopia.

“The violence was called by extremist Oromo groups who disseminated fake news that activist turned politician Jawar Mohammed contracted coronavirus in a prison cell, the Oromia police said.

The federal police and attorney general in a statement said Jawar is “safe and healthy” even though he interrupted Monday’s court proceeding, claiming he was sick.

Police accused Jawar of leaving the courtroom now and then and disturbing the proceeding

Lemma Megerssa Dismissed as Ethiopian Defence Minister

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Team-LemmaAugust 18, 2020 ( -- In an extraordinary move, PM Abiy Ahmed has dismissed Lemma Megerssa as Ethiopian Minister of Defence for undisclosed reasons.

Prime Minister Office on Tuesday in a Facebook post said Dr. Kene’a Yadeta replaced Lemma Megersa as Defense Minister. Lemma Megersa was a key ally of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed from day one to the extent that many called the duo 'Team Lemma' to show the elder leader status of Lemma Megersa.

The cascading turn of events against Lemma Megersa started several months ago when he opposed Abiy 's move to form the Prosperity Party (PP).

Lemma Megerssa

Amnesty International Demands the Demobilization of Special Forces in Ethiopia

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special-forces-oromiaAugust 18, 2020 ( -- Amnesty International has asked the government of Ethiopia to demobilize the Liyu (Special) force which is accused of violating human rights of citizens in violent hit areas of the country. Amnesty International

The first Liyu police unity was established in 2004 by the Ethiopian Somali government in a counter-attack to the then insurgent of the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF).

Amnesty International's demand comes following the killing of at least 16 people in the Wolaita Zone of Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s Regional State (SNNPR) by the Liyu

Free but in Chain. Part I: Bondage of Worldview

By Abel Merawi

Man-in-chainsAugust 13, 2020 ( -- “Man is born free, but he is everywhere in chains.” These were the words of Rousseau in his classical work of 1762, ‘The Social Contract’. This famous idea still echoes in the twenty-first century. Surely, most of the world is now free from the tyranny of traditional societal order; free from empires and dictators. But the fetters that held our ancestors were not removed; they were rather merely replaced with contemporary shackles. Ironically, even the famous idea of Rousseau contained its own chains when viewed from the contemporary world of feminism. But to save the worth of the idea, we c

Eskinder Nega Refuses to Attend Court Hearings

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Eskinder-Nega-rfuses-attend-courtAugust 13, 2020 ( -- Eskinder Nega, president of Balderas for Genuine Democracy Party and two other co-defendants said they will not take part in subsequent court hearings, rebutting the court’s decision to hear the prosecutor’s witnesses behind the curtain.

The rejection came after the Federal First Instance Court accepted the prosecutor’s requests that seven of the witnesses shall testify behind the curtain or in closed session. The court also allowed the prosecutor to conceal the list of names of witnesses for security reasons.

Objecting the way the


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