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TPLF Will Not Recognize Ruling Party after Next September: TPLF Official

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TPLF-Tigray-electionsJune 27, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The Tigray region governing party will not recognize the ruling Prosperity Party as a federal government of Ethiopia as of next September, TPLF high-level official has said.

Getachew Reda, Executive Member of Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF), told VOA Amharic Service that the relationship with the administration in Addis Ababa will be determined by the winning party of the planned election to be held in Tigray region late August.

According to Executive Member, Tigray region does not have any intention to be a self-governing nation but the possibility for the regi

Ethiopian Government Orders Former Officials Return State Vehicles, Houses

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TPLF-Federalist-ForcesJune 27, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The Ethiopian council of ministers has ordered all former political office holders in the country to immediately return government vehicles and houses in their custody.

In its recent meeting, the council of ministers recalled that several former political office holders are still in possession of official vehicles attached to government offices while living in state-owned houses.

On June 25, 2018, the Council of Ministers chaired by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed passed decision allowing all former political appointees to enjoy special benefits including using state vehicles along

NEBE Refutes Tigray State Council’s Request to Conduct Election

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Tigray-ElectionsJune 26, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) on Wednesday refuted the request forwarded to by the Tigray state’s council to organize a regional election.

NEBE’s refusal comes after the council of Tigray had notified the board of its decision to conduct the 6th regional election.

The regional council also requested the board to accept its decision and make the necessary preparations, including manpower and logistics, to organize the election.

The board in a statement said it will not conduct elections in any part of the country until the co

TPLF Rejects Separate Talks with Federal Government

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Debrestion-TPLFJune 17, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) will not hold any separate talks on national issues with the ruling Prosperity Party (PP), excluding other political forces, Chairperson of the front Debretsion Gebremichael has said.

The Tigray region Communication Bureau quoted Debretsion who is also deputy president of the region as saying that the disagreement between the federal and Tigray region can be solved through reaching national consensus in which all concerned parties are involved.

Debretsion’s remark comes after religious leaders and scholars suggested for immediate talks betwee

Religious Leaders to Mediate Dispute Between Federal Government and TPLF

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/Inter-religious-group-EthiopiaJune 15, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- Leaders of the Inter-Religious Council and Elders Consultative Forum of Ethiopia are to mediate federal government and the Tigray regional administration as the political disputes between them escalate.

The mediating team consisting of representatives of seven religious institutions and scholars will leave for Mekele on Tuesday to start the negotiation.

Public Relations Head of the council Haji Mesud Adem told DW Amharic service that the mediating team has already got the approval from Mekele.

“The negotiation will focus on breaking the silenc

PP, TPLF Fail to Reach Agreement over Sharing of Property: NEBE

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TPLF-PPJune 15, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The Ethiopian ruling Prosperity Party (PP) and the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) have failed to reach agreement over the sharing of property belonging to the former ruling party of the country, National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) has disclosed.

The board, in February this year, decided PP get three-fourth and TPLF one-fourth of the wealth of the Ethiopian Peoples Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) which was once the most powerful ruling coalition.

In a statement issued on Saturday, the board said the parties have failed to establish a joint committee that will make an inventory of as

Differed Elections May Lead to Large-Scale Uprisings: Opposition Parties

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OLF-OFC-ONLFJune 12, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- Prominent Oromo opposition political parties have accused the government of making a “unilateral decision” to extend the 6th general elections which were scheduled for August 29, 2020.

The Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) also opposed the postponement of the election and described the decision as a sudden and profound halt of the democratization process in the country.

The political parties’ complaints come after the Ethiopian House of Federation (HOF) passed the decision allowing Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to remain in power until the spreading COVID-19 pandemic is over.

The System and the 'Criminal'

By Abel Merawi

Nelson-MandelaJune 12, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- “Until the lions learn to write, every story glorifies the hunter.” This is an African proverb that tells the story of the oppressed. It shows how the system, run by the powerful, has the power to label those who oppose it as criminals. Consider the following three cases to understand the concept.

Nelson Mandela was labeled criminal and served 27 years in prison to be released in 1990. Only four years later, he became the first black president of South Africa and served his country from 1994-1999.

Rosa Parks began her activism by rebelling against a system of oppression. She was bro

Ethiopian House of Federation Extends Government Tenure

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House-Federaion-EthiopiaJune 10, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The Ethiopian House of Federation (HOF) on Wednesday extended the tenure of the government until the next elections and a transfer of power takes place.

The house also extended the terms of the councils of the federal, regional, and executive bodies until the impacts of coronavirus pandemic are over.

The house’s decision followed a report submitted to it by the Constitutional Inquiry Committee, an advisory body that dwelt and gathered information about whether the 6th general election can be postponed through legal means without causing a constitutional crisis.

Ethiopian Speaker of House of Federation Resigns

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Keria-Ibrahim-resignedJune 8, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- Escalating tensions between the Tigrayan People's Liberation Front (TPLF) and the central government, Keria Ibrahim has resigned as speaker of the House of Federation (HOF) of Ethiopia over the postponement of the Ethiopian general elections.

Keria was named as speaker of HOF in April 2018 after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed came to power and won the hearts of the majority of the Ethiopian public.

Several people had anticipated her resignation as the controversy between the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) to which she is a member and the ruling Prosperity Party (PP) esca

Oromia State Accuses TPLF of Launching Armed Campaign

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TPLF-OLFJune 6, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The Oromia regional state has accused the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) of joining the rebel Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) in an armed campaign with several troops from Tigray state fighting the government in western Ethiopia.

Briefing journalists on Friday, the Oromia region’s deputy police commissioner Girma Gelan blamed TPLF for launching armed struggle and deploying soldiers who were fighting along with militants of the separatist OLF to overthrow the federal government.

“Several army members of TPLF have been identified as fighters together with OLF Shene mi

Oromia Police Capture 48 Members of Assassin Group: Police Commissioner

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Oromia-Police-CommissionJune 4, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The Oromia police said they have captured 48 suspects who are members of a clandestine assassin group operating under the name “Aba Torbe.”

The group members had killed civilians, government officials, and members of law enforcement bodies as well as robbed public properties; Deputy Commissioner of the Oromia Police Commission Girma Gelan has said.

The culprits, who were captured in a special operation, were accused of killings of government authorities in Qelem Wellega, Nekemt and Burayu towns,” Girma said

According to the

Oromia Government Warns Against Planned Protests

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Oromia-stateJune 3, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The Oromia state of Ethiopia has warned against planned protests in the region and any attempt to do so will face the full weight of the law, a high-level government official has said

The planned protests which were called by opposition Oromo political parties including the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) comes after dozens of people were reportedly killed in Qellem Wellega by government security forces.

“We will not compromise the peace and stability of the state. If anything goes wrong in the region, those that are behind the protests will be brought before justice. That’s not compromising a

No Force Will Stop Tigray People from Holding Elections: TPLF

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Tigray-StateJune 3, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The central committee of the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) announced the decision to conduct elections at the regional level during its meeting held from May 23-30, 2020.

“The Tigray people will not bargain on their rights and there will not be any force on earth that will stop them from exercising their rights,” TPLF’s central committee said in a statement.

TPLF’s statement comes after the Ethiopian ruling Prosperity Party warned that it will take all the necessary measures if the Tigray region conducts elections separately and any attempt to do so will be met w

Do You Trust the Government?

By Abel Merawi

Ethiopian-GovernmentJune 3, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- When we think of democracy, we hear the following words echoing: A government from the people, by the people and for the people. Whether you live in the US or in Ethiopia, do these words represent your relationship with the government? Do you accept the government as part of you? Does it represent you and your values? Most importantly, is the government serving you or the reverse? If your answer is affirmative, then you trust your government; perhaps with a blind faith by accepting its fantasy narratives. But if you respond in the negative, perhaps you don’t trust or at least have doubts about you

TPLF Accuses Federal Government, Media of Disseminating Fake News

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TPLF-accuses-mediaMay 28, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The Tigray People Regional State (TPLF) has issued a statement accusing the state-run and private media outlets of disseminating fake news about “protests” in Tigray regional state.

The Tigray region governing party blamed the Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC), Ethiopian Press Agency, Fana Broadcast Corporate (FBC), Walta Information Center, and Prosperity Party Facebook Page, Amhara Mass Media, ESAT, Abay Media, Zehabesha, etc for disseminating wrong information that multiple demonstrations were staged in different towns of Tigray region driven by injustice and

Ethiopian Council of Ministers Approved Record High Budget for 2020/21 Year

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Ethiopian-Council-MinistersMay 26, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The Ethiopian Council of Ministers approved a record-high 470 billion Birr annual budget for the next Ethiopian year starting from July 8, 2020.

The new budget has seen a nearly 17 percent rise compared to the budget allocated to this year. The council referred the new budget bill to the House of Peoples of Representatives for approval.

The COVID-19 pandemic has reduced the nation’s Growth Domestic Product (GDP) to three percent from the forecast nine percent during this concluding budget year, the council said in a statement.

According to the stateme

Ethiopian Election Board Set to Hold Elections within 13 Months

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NEBE-EthiopiaMay 21, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) is set to hold the 6th general elections after 13 months at maximum with additional funding requirements of more than 2.5 billion birr.

NEBE on Thursday proposed two elections time frames during which it can finalize preparations to conduct the elections amid coronavirus pandemic.

The electoral board on March 31, 2020 announced the postponement of the national elections scheduled for August 29, 2020 due to problems related to coronavirus pandemic in the country.

Deputy chair of the board Wubishet Ayele told the Council of Constitutiona

The Unexplored Options for Ethiopian Elections

By Abel Merawi

Ethiopian-ElectionsMay 21, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- From the start of May, the major discussion in Ethiopian politics has centered around the upcoming elections. The government had proposed four alternatives to extend the election due to COVID-19. The first option was dissolving the parliament by the prime minister, and to hold the election within six months of the implementation in accordance with Article 60. The second option was extending the state of emergency every four-months with two-third parliament approval. The third option was a constitutional amendment with two-thirds of both houses and regional state councils. The fourth a

National Bank of Ethiopia Limits Cash Withdrawals for Individuals, Businesses

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National-Bank-EthiopiaMay 19, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- In an unprecedented step, the National Bank of Ethiopia (NBE) has limited cash withdrawals for individuals and businesses from commercial banks and other financial institutions.

The limits aren’t without justification — National Bank Governor Yinager Dessie said in a briefing on Tuesday but “to manage liquidity as well as control money circulation that would help prevent crimes and tax evasion.”

Accordingly, an individual can withdraw up to 100,000 Birr a day and half a million Birr in a month, while businesses will be allowed to withdraw a maximum of 2

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