| Ethiopian Political Parties Begin Talks on Reforming Electoral Law
September 21, 2017 - 16 national political parties of Ethiopia have begun discussion on ways to reform the electoral law., according to FBC
In the discussions, 12 political parties have expressed their demand for the implementation of proportional representation electoral system.
Shiferaw Shigute and Asmelash Woldeselassie, representatives of the ruling party EPRDF, for their part tabled the amended electoral law of Ethiopia, which follows the majority system.
The system, which Ethiopia follows, is common all over the worldwide and it was proved successful, Asmelash said at the event.
Ethiopia’s past five
| 55,000 Ethnic Oromos Displaced – Oromia Regional Government
September 18, 2017 - More than 55,000 ethnic Oromos have been displaced from Ethiopia's Somali region after a week of clashes with Somalis in which dozens were killed, Voice of America reports. The Oromia government follows claims by Somali regional officials earlier this week that more than 50 people were killed in an attack against ethnic Somalis in Aweday town.
"More than 55,000 Oromos were displaced from the Somali region after the recent incident and are now sheltered in makeshift camps,'' Addisu Arega, Oromia region's spokesman, said in the statement. "Overall, some 416,807 Oromos have been displaced this year alone
| Ethiopia: Hundreds Apprehended in Connection with Oromia, Somali Border Conflict
September 17, 2017 - Hundreds of people who are allegedly responsible for the death and displacement of people in the conflict between Oromia and Somali regional states have been apprehended, said Minister of Ethiopian Government Communication Affairs Office, Dr. Negeri Lencho. He also stated that the suspects have been detained in connection with the conflict as part of the effort to restore peace and bring the responsible persons to justice.
"People who took part in the conflict are apprehended. Maybe hundreds of people are already detained. In Oromia regional state, particularly in Aweday, near
| 32 Ethiopians Dead in Somali-Oromia Border Conflict
September 14, 2017 - Following clashes between rival ethnic Somali and Oromo forces in eastern Ethiopia, at least 32 Ethiopians have been killed in the clashes, reports VoA. According to VOA’s report at least 32 ethnic Somalis were killed on Monday night in Awaday, a small town between Ethiopia's holy Muslim town of Harar and its big eastern city of Dire Dawa.
Other sources and relatives of those killed have confirmed the incident, although they have sought anonymity, fearing reprisals. One source said four of his cousins, who were transporting Khat — plants used as a stimulant in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Djibouti and Yeme
| Armed Factions in Oromia and Somali States Clash over Border Delineation
September 13, 2017 - Following a deadly boundary crisis between the Oromia and Somali regional states, the Ethiopian federal government stated that it is working to resolve the conflict. The Ethiopian Information Minister, Negeri Lencho, stated that recent clashes led to the loss of lives and property. He said some 600 Ethiopians displaced by the clashes were receiving humanitarian assistance.
Clashes between the armed factions in the two Ethiopia’s states have led to the issuance of travel alerts by the United States and Canada. According to reports, the clashes were largely over border delineation issues. The Ethiopian official added
| 12 Ethiopian Opposition Parties Create Coalition
September 8, 2017 - Some 12 Ethiopian opposition political parties have created a coalition that will enable them to negotiate with the ruling party Ethiopian People Revolutionary Democratic Front, reports Ethiopian News Agency.
The agreement signed by the Ethiopian opposition parties will presumably create good relationship among the parties and forward organized and strong negotiation points.
In a press conference they held here, representatives of the parties said the agreement will have crucial role in bolstering the multi-party system in Ethiopia.
Secretary-General of All Ethiopian Democratic Party, Z
| Ethiopia’s Southern State Grants Amnesty to 3,099 Prisoners
September 7, 2017 - Following the same suit of other Ethiopian regional states, Ethiopia’s Southern (Debub) regional state granted 3,099 prisoners amnesty ahead of the upcoming Ethiopian New Year, which starts on September 11. Desie Dalkie, chief administrator of Southern regional state said the prisoners were freed because they met the legal requirements for pardon. In Ethiopia legal requirements for pardon include the prisoner's desire to live in peace in the future, the prisoner's confession and repentance, the prisoner's family and health status and the prisoner's good conduct during incarceration.
Ethiopia has a unique
| Ethiopia Restricts the Use of Expensive Cars by Government Officials
September 2, 2017 - Following the issuance of a directive by the Ethiopian government to introduce cost-cutting measures at government agencies, the Office of the Prime Minister early August came up with another directive restricting the use of high-powered vehicles by high-level Ethiopian officials, including ministers.
A letter issued two weeks ago and signed by Alemayehu Tegenu, state minister of cabinet affairs at the PM’s Office, clarifies on the need to bring equitable distribution of vehicles used by Ethiopian government officials.
Affected officials include ministers, state ministers, speakers and their d
| 147,000 Ethiopian Youth Benefited from Revolving Fund – Government
August 31, 2017 - As part of effort to address rampant unemployment among Ethiopian Youth, the Ethiopian government announced that it had managed to benefit 147,000 youths from urban employment opportunities through the Youth Revolving Fund. Following the last year’s unrest throughout the country, Ethiopia’s president, Mulatu Teshome (PhD), appeared before Ethiopian Parliament to announce the plan.
According Ethiopian News Agency report, Lack of production centers and good governance have hampered other youth from engaging in employment by making use of the fund. Ethiopian Youth and Sports State Minister Habiba S
| Two Ethiopian Opposition Parties Announce Merger Plans
August 27, 2017 - Two Ethiopian main opposition groups, the All Ethiopian Union Party (AEUP) and Blue Party (Blue), briefed the diplomatic community about their proposed merger. Attendees appreciated the briefing and spoke in favor of the alliance that the two parties forged, according to the Ethiopian English weekly The Reporter. Among other things, the two oppositions briefed the diplomatic community on various political issues, including the impacts of state of emergency and the country’s political land scape.
The briefing held at the headquarters of AEUP located in the vicinity of Tewodros Square, was attended by some 21
| Ethiopia Compensating Farmers for Losses Incurred During Last Year’s Unrest
August 19, 2017 - Coffe farmers in southern Ethiopia are receiving compensation for losses incurred in last year’s unrest, reports the Ethiopian weekly English newspaper the Reporter. The Ethiopian farmers are receiving compensations to the tune of 144,950,000 birr.
Home of the globally trademarked Ethiopian Yirgachefe coffee variety, Gedeo Zone, located some 410 km south of Addis Ababa, was rocked by protests that inflicted damages on coffee businesses. According to information obtained from the Gedeo Zone administration, 46 coffee processing plants were damaged. It is estimated that 121,950,000 mi
| Ethiopian Federal Court Freezes Assets of Individuals Suspected of Corruption
August 14, 2017 - The Federal Attorney General announced that a court has frozen the properties of 15 companies and 210 individuals suspected of corruption, according to ENA.
Attorney General Getachew Ambaye told ENA that the companies and individuals whose properties have been frozen are owned by the suspects and their relations.
The companies whose properties are frozen include Aser Construction, Gemshu Construction, TINA Construction, DMC Construction, Yemane Girmay General Contractor, TCT (Trans National Computer Technology), Haisem Engineering PLC, Temanik Trading PLC, and Jing Ling International Trading.
| Ethiopian Parties Conclude Negotiations on Electoral Law
August 14, 2017 - 16 national political parties concluded negotiations on proclamation for registration of political parties on Saturday, reports FBC.
In their last day of negotiations, the parties have added two new sub-articles, amended one and omitted another, according to ENA. One of the introduced sub-articles is related to government financial support to political parties.
Previously, the government grants support to parties for election purpose for federal or state houses to be apportioned on the basis of the number of candidates and number of women candidates nominated by the parties.
| Ethiopia: Shops Reportedly Closed in Bahir Dar to Mark Anniversary of Unrest
August 8, 2017 - Businesses have been reportedly closed in Bahir Dar city, the capital city of Amhara regional state, since early yesterday morning to mark the first anniversary of anti-government demonstrations, according to Anadolu Agency. Transpiration services were also not available at first, but resumed yesterday afternoon.
Police Commander Walelgn Dagnew quoted by Anadolu Agency as saying “the strike had been organized through social media a year after unrest across Amhara and Oromia that left hundreds of people dead.”
He added that “shops are closed in the city since ear
| Ethiopian State Minister in Custody After Parliament Strips Immunity
August 5, 2017 - In an extraordinary step, the Ethiopian parliament on Friday voted to strip State Minister of Finance and Economic Cooperation Alemayehu Gujo of immunity, according to the Reporter. Following that, federal police took him into custody as a suspect in a grand corruption case.
The state minister was given a chance to speak by House Speaker Abadula Gemeda after Attorney General Getachew Ambaye read out corruption charges against him.
“I whole-heartedly support the government’s move to fight corruption. While I was serving the public and the government over the past nine years, I have nothing to regret about,” Alemay
| Ethiopian Parliament Holding Urgent Meeting on Emergency Decree
August 1, 2017 - The House of Peoples’ Representative (HPR) of Ethiopia will hold an urgent meeting next Friday to discuss whether to extend the state of emergency, reports FBC.
In the meeting, the House is expected to debate whether to extend the current state of emergency or not.
Ethiopia declared a six-month state of emergency last October following the unrest occurred in some parts of the country.
On March, the House extended it by additional four months.
| Ethiopian President Appoints 12 Ambassadors
July 27, 2017 - President Mulatu Teshome has appointed today 12 ambassadors who will represent Ethiopia abroad.
According to the statement of the Office of the President, the newly appointed ambassadors plenipotentiary are:
4.Professor Merga Bekana
5.Dr. Shiferaw Teklemariam
7.Professor Admassu Tsegaye
| Ethiopian Minister Concerned About Undocumented Citizens Still in Saudi Arabia
July 26, 2017 - Ethiopia's Communications Minister, Negeri Lencho, expressed that he feared what could now happen to his Ethiopian compatriots who are still in Saudi Arabia, reported BBC. Ethiopians make up a large portion of the kingdom's undocumented workers. All Ethiopians without papers now face imprisonment or forced deportation. The minster also called upon all undocumented Ethiopians in Saudi to return home "with a sense of urgency".
"They will be imprisoned and we don't want our citizens to face unnecessary imprisonment, or suffer any physical harm or humiliation," Negeri Added.
| Ethiopia Arrests 34 Senior Government Officials for Corruption
July 26, 2017 - The government has arrested 34 senior government officials and business people for alleged corruption, according to Government Communication Affairs Office (GCAO), reports ENA.
During a media briefing he held today, GCAO Minister Dr. Negeri Lencho said the government has started crackdown on rent seeking and more than thirty persons have been arrested.
He added that the study carried out thus far indicates that this number will increase.
The suspects currently arrested include people from governmental institutions and the private sector.
The senior government officials ar
| Ethiopia Reconsidering Tax Plan Following Widening Protests
July 24, 2017 - Ethiopia Revenue and Custom Authority are reportedly reconsidering a proposed tax hike for small businesses, the Addis Standard news portal has reported.
The decision comes in the wake of widening protests by affected business people. Shops were closed in the Oromia State early last week in defiance of the new tax. By Friday, the action had spread to the capital Addis Ababa, with shops in some parts closed.
The report cited the head of the Ethiopia Revenue and Customs Authority (ERCA), Kebede Chane, as saying the decision to revise the tax directive followed the compl