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Armed Men Kill At Least 8 People in Benishangul-Gumuz Region

By Staff Reporter

Benishangul-Gumuz-killedApril 9, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- At least eight people were killed in Gilgel Beles town of Benishangul Gumuz regional state in western Ethiopia due to ethnic-based attacks.

Residents of the town told Ezega.com that members of the government security forces were deployed in the town but were not willing to stop the ethnic skirmishes.

The clashes which began last Friday have expanded in rural localities of the region and continue to claim more lives and destroy properties.

The clashes reportedly were critical in 01 and 02 Kebeles (localities) and around at a place called China Camp where three ho

Ethiopia Declares State of Emergency due to COVID-19

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Ethiopia-State-of-EmergencyApril 8, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- Ethiopia has declared a five-month state of emergency in a bid to contain the spread of coronavirus effective Wednesday, April 8, 2020.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in a statement announced the state of emergency under Article 93 of the constitution as the pandemic is getting worse in the country.

"I call upon everyone to stand by the side of the government but any actions that will undermine the fight against the pandemic will be met with grave legal actions," he said

The premier said the government will take even tougher measures in a bid to res

Ethiopian Government Lifts Telecom Ban on West Oromia Amid International Outcry

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Wollega-EthiopiaApril 1, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The government of Ethiopia has lifted telephone and internet services ban it imposed on four zones in Wellega in Oromia regional state of western Ethiopia.

The government had suspended mobile phone networks, landlines, and internet services in western Oromia’s Kellem Wellega, West Wellega, and Horo Gudru Wellega zones since it launched a counterattack in mid last year against the rebel force known as “Shene.”

In a briefing on Tuesday, President of the Oromia region Shimeles Abdissa blamed the rebel group for the destruction of telecom infrastructures and facilities in t

Ethiopian General Elections Postponed Due to Coronavirus: NEBE

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Ethiopian-elections-postponedApril 1, 2020 (Ezega.com) --- The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) has postponed the much anticipated general elections which were set to be held late August this year due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The board in a statement said coronavirus situations and the series of measures taken by the federal and regional governments infringed the board’s schedule to carry out pre-election activities.

In February this year, the board announced the national elections would take place on August 29, 2020, following consultations with political parties and concerned stakeholders

Fano Will Not Lay Down Arms If Demands Are Not Met: Chairman

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Fano-AmharaMarch 28, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- An armed group in Amhara state of northern Ethiopia known as "Fano" has accused the regional and federal governments of joining hands to get rid of its structure by force.

The Chairman of Fano Solomon Atanaw said the “Fano” will not lay arms down before the demands of the Amhara people are met.

In an interview with local media, Solomon said the demands include the return of Welqait, Raya, Dera, and Metekel zones to be part of the Amhara region.

The Chairperson also said members of the national defense forces and security forces of regional government have launched

Ethiopia Orders Public Servants to Stay Home over COVID-19

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Civil-servants-EthiopiaMarch 24, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The government of Ethiopia has ordered the country’s public servants to stay and deliver services at home as part of efforts to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

In an extraordinary meeting on Tuesday, the council of ministers passed the decision that government employees will work from home effective March 25, 2020, until further notice.

The government offices will select employees who will carry out tasks from home based on criteria to be set by each office, the council of ministers said in a statement.

The decision was to ease overcrowding in

New Rebel Movement Emerges in Northern Ethiopia

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Rebel-GondarMarch 24, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- A new rebel movement has emerged in Gonder city of the Amhara region in northern Ethiopia with members made of ethnic Amhara people who seek to overthrow the regional and by extension central government.

The Gondar city administration on Tuesday accused the rebel forces of killing and kidnapping people, confiscating private and public properties including buildings, collecting money from investors by force as well as breaking checkpoints and grabbing state-owned lands.

The administration in a statement said the armed group has also released hundreds of legal prisoners and looted weapons from po

PM Abiy Hints Postponement of National Elections Due to Coronavirus

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Ethiopian-ElectionsMarch 20, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has hinted that the 6th national elections would be postponed if the spreading of coronavirus is not contained in time.

Speaking to journalists on Friday Abiy said the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) is undertaking its own assessment if the country can conduct the elections on August 29, 2020.

Several political parties, including the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) and the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), are insisting the government conduct the elections as per the constitution.

They claimed failing to conduct the elections wi

Ethiopian Government Accuses OLF of Supporting Rebel OLF-Shene

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OLFMarch 18, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The Ethiopian ruling party has accused the Oromia Liberation Front (OLF) led by Daud Ibssa of supporting OLF-Shene which is engaged in guerrilla fighting in western Ethiopia.

OLF on its part denies the allegations and, rather, blamed the ruling prosperity party for engaging in mass detention and harassment against its members and supporters as the 6th national elections approach.

Chairman of OLF Daud Ibssa told the VOA Amharic service that the ruling party is creating hurdles for opposition political parties including OLF to mobilize supporters, gather signatories and holding meetings.

Rule of Law for a Free Society

By: Abel Merawi

rule-of-lawMarch 12, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- When Plato wrote ‘The Republic’, he was determined to have a leader that was intellectually and morally refined, which translates into justice for the ruled. He thought philosophy would make such a leader and claimed, “Philosophers must become kings or those now called kings must genuinely and adequately philosophize.” Plato learned his error in 353 BC while working under Dionysius I of Syracuse, who learned philosophy but still became an oppressor. He discovered that intellect could not match the tyranny that comes with power. Thus, in the Seventh Letter of Plato known as Epistle VII, he argue

House Appoints Four Ministers; TPLF Denounces as “Ethnic-Biased”

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AppointmentsMarch 12, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The House Peoples Representative, in its 5th tenure and 14th regular session, on Thursday approved the appointments of four ministers nominated by the Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

Accordingly, Adanech Abiebie who was serving as Minister of Revenue was appointed as Attorney General, Dr Lia Tadesse as Minister of Health, Lake Ayalew as Minister of Revenues, and Filsen Abdulahi as Minister of Women, Children, and Youth.

Adanech Abiebie replaces former Attorney General, Birhanu Tsegaye, who has been the subject of criticism on numerous occasions. Birhanu Tsegaye left his position following his recent

HRW Calls for Immediate Lifting of Communications Shutdown in Western Ethiopia

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Human-Rights-WatchMarch 9, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- Human Rights Watch (HRW) said the Ethiopian government should immediately lift the shutdown of internet and phone communications in Ethiopia’s Oromia region.

In a statement issued on Monday, HRW said the two-month-long shutdown telephone and internet services has prevented families from communicating, disrupted life-saving services, and contributed to an information blackout during government counter-insurgency operations in the area.

Deputy chief of staff of the Ethiopian defense forces Lt. General Berhanu Jula in a recent interview said the telephone and

Mesafint Tigabu, Alleged Killer of Late Chief of Staff, Denies Allegations

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Mesafint-Alleged-Killer-GeneralsMarch 5, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- Corporal Mesafint Tigabu, who is the prime suspect in the killing of late Ethiopian Chief of Staff General Seare Mekonnen and his colleague Major General Gezai Abrha, has denied the allegations that he killed the later generals.

The Ethiopian federal attorney general accused Corporal Mesafint of killing the army generals in Addis Ababa in what seems like a coordinated attack with a coup attempt in Amhara regional state back in June last year.

The office of the attorney general said General Seare and the retired general were shot dead in the chief

Six People Killed Following Anti-Government Protest in Southern Ethiopia

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six-killed-snnprFebruary 29, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- Six people were killed and more than ten others wounded in gunfire by security forces against anti-government protesters in Tume town of Maji district in the southern regional state of Ethiopia.

Eyewitnesses told Ezega.com that this occurred as members of Liyu (special) and national defense forces opened fire against anti-government protestors.

Officials of the zone said only two persons were killed but hospital sources confirmed the death of six people in the gunfire.

The eyewitnesses said the protest was staged to object the government’s decision to arrest Deputy Ad

OLF, OFC Accuse Government of Detaining over 5000 Members, Shutting Down Offices

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OFC-OLFFebruary 27, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) and Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC) have accused the Oromia security forces of detaining over 5,000 of their members and shutting down offices in Oromia region ahead of the 6th Ethiopian national elections to be held in late August.

The allegation comes as the Oromia regional government blames the rebel Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) also known as “Shene” and another Oromo armed group called “Aba Torbe” or a “killing squad” are causing terrors against supporters of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

Lemi Begna, spokesperson of OLF told VOA A

Ethiopia Drops Charges Against 63 Former INSA, METEC and Other Officials

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Attorney-General-EthiopiaFebruary 25, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The government of Ethiopia has dropped charges against 63 prisoners who were allegedly involved in various offenses including corruption, human rights violations, and killing of leaders of Amhara regional government.

In a briefing on Tuesday, Public Relations Director of the Attorney General Zinabu Tunu said the charges of the 63 prisoners were dropped due to the suspects’ lessor involvement in the stated crimes and to widen the political space.

According to the director, the amnesty does not include those suspects who were major actors in the killing of peo

Ethiopian Government Drops Charges Against 60 Former Officials: PM Office

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PM-office-ethiopiaFebruary 24, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The Ethiopian government has dropped charges against 60 former government officials and leaders of political parties who were allegedly involved in various offenses.

Nigusu Tilahun, Press Secretariat Head of the office the Ethiopian Prime Minister told state-run EBC that the 60 suspects were released in an amnesty as part of the government’s effort to widen the political space.

Last week, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed hinted that his government would release suspects of various offenses except for grand corruption.

According to Nigussu, a total of

At Least 29 Demonstrators Wounded in Grenade Attack in Ambo Town

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Ambo-rallyFebruary 23, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- At least 29 demonstrators were wounded in a grenade attack on Sunday when they were heading to join the pro-Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed rally in Ambo town of Oromia regional state.

The attack comes two days after Administrative and Security Affairs Head of Burayu town Solomon Tadesse was killed and three others wounded including police commander for special zones surrounding Addis Ababa city.

The Oromo police again accused members of the rebel Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) called ‘Shene’ of hurling the device into a crowd of demonstrators who were riding horses to participate in the rall

Oromia Police Blames Rebel Forces for Recent Attack in Burayu Town

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Oromia-Police-CommissionFebruary 23, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The Oromia Police Commission has accused members of the rebel Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) also known as “Shene” and another Oromo insurgent group called “Aba Torbe” for recent attack in Burayu town which left the town’s police commissioner dead and three other government officials wounded.

In a statement it issued on Saturday, the Oromia Police Commission said 17 members of the “Shene’ and ‘Aba Torbe’ rebel groups have been apprehended so far on suspicion of coordinating and carrying out the attack.

Police said th

Security in Western Ethiopia Improving: Deputy Chief of Staff

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Gen-Berhanu-JulaFebruary 22, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- Deputy Chief of staff of the Ethiopian Defense Forces Lt. General Berhanu Jula said the security situation in western Ethiopia is improving after significant members of the rebel forces were either killed or in run away.

In a rare interview with the media, the Deputy Chief of staff told the BBC Amharic service that the Ethiopian army has conducted ‘special operations’ in west Oromia and managed to clear almost all areas from the insurgents.

The government has been accusing members of the rebel Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), otherwise known as Shene, of killing, kidnappin

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