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Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo Elected President of Somalia

New-Somalia-PresidentFebruary 8, 2017 - Somalian Parliament elected new president on Wednesday. Former Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, a dual US-Somali citizen, was elected as the country's new president, according to CNN.

Farmajo was declared victorious after incumbent President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud dropped out of the contest following the second round of voting.

Amid rising security concerns, the 328 members of Parliament met at an air force hangar in Mogadishu to cast their votes.

Mohamud, who took office in 2012, withdrew from the final ballot after losing 184 to 97 to Farmajo in the second round.

Farmajo's vict

South Sudan Rebels Accuse Egypt of Bombing Raids

South-Sudan-rebels-accuse-egypt-bombingFebruary 6, 2017 - South Sudan rebels accused Egypt on Saturday of carrying out bombing raids against their positions, according to report on Reuters, Cairo issued immediate denial and warned of the risk of a regional war according to the report.

It was the first time either side had alleged Egyptian involvement in South Sudan's festering conflict, which pits President Salva Kiir's military against forces loyal to his former vice president, Riek Machar.

The Egyptian air force on Friday dropped "more than nine bombs and explosions on the gallant SPLA-IO positions" near the northern villa

Ethiopia, Egypt Agree to Strengthen Relations

Ethiopia-to-strengthen-relationsJanuary 31, 2017 - Leaders of Ethiopia and Egypt have agreed to foster and diversify their scope of cooperation in bilateral and regional issues, according to ENA.

In a joint statement issued following the discussion between Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalgen President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the leaders agreed to continue to work together to enhance the bilateral relations between their countries. 

The two sides stressed the need to widen and deepen the scope of cooperation in all fields of their bilateral and regional relations, including political, economic and security.

The leaders underl

President Alpha Conde of Guinea Elected AU Chairman

Alpha-Conde-Elected-AU-ChairJanuary 30, 2017 - The president of Guinea Alpha Conde was elected Chairman of the African Union (AU), replacing the outgoing president of Idris Debbi of Chad to lead the continent for 2017. He won after securing the vote of the West African countries.

The president is elected in the opening session of the 28th AU leader’s summit held in Addis Ababa with outgoing chair Idris Debbi, African Union Commission chairperson, Dr.Dlamini Zuma and invited dignitaries including United Nations (UN) Secretary General,Antonio Guterresand Palestine presidentMuhammad Abbas in attendance.

“I will work to improve the lo

Moussa Faki Mahamat of Chad Elected AUC Chairman

Moussa-Faki-Mahamat-elected-AU-ChairJanuary 30, 2017 - Moussa Faki Mahamat, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Economic Integration of Chad, has been elected the new Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), reports FBC.

After seven rounds of voting, the Chadian foreign affairs minister defeated favourites Amina Mohamed of Kenya and Senegal's Abdoulaye Bathily.

He was a Prime Minister of Chad from June 24, 2003 to February 4, 2005, and serves as a member of the ruling Patriotic Salvation Movement (MPS), has been Minister of Foreign Affairs since April 2008.

A total of five candidates vied  for African Union Commissio

Ethiopian Prime Minister Meets Egypt President

Ethiopian-PM-Meets-Egypt-presidentJanuary 30, 2017 - Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has held discussion with President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi of Egypt on the sideline of the 28th African Union (AU) summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, according to FBC.

It is believed that the discussion was centered on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) and anti-Ethiopian forces operating in Egypt.

The Premier also held discussion with President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan on ways of elevating business, investment and diplomatic ties between Ethiopia and Sudan. (FBC)

30th AU Summit Begins with Executive Council Session

2017-AU-executive-session-startsJanuary 28, 2017 - Days before the annual Assembly of the Heads of State and Government meeting, the 30th ordinary session of the African Union (AU) Executive Council opened in Addis Ababa on Thursday, according to the Reporter

The session was officially opened with a remark of the outgoing Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (PhD).

In her remark, the Chairperson underscored that to meet the goals of Agenda 2063 member countries needs to revive and strengthen the spirit of Pan Africanism across the continent.

She further said that Africa needs to transform through economic integr

Zimbabwe Deports 34 Undocumented Ethiopian Immigrants

Ethiopian-immigrants-deported-from-ZimbabweJanuary 26, 2017 - 34 undocumented Ethiopian migrants were taken into custody after they were caught being moved around by smugglers, according to ZWnews.com. They will all be deported soon by the Zimbabwe Immigration Department.

Among the illegal immigrants were four boys aged between 11 and 12, the individuals who are all men were arrested while hiding at a Marondera farm.

They pleaded guilty on Tuesday before magistrate Shane Kubonera, who then convicted and discharged the group into the hands of immigration officials.

On December 16 last year, the suspects were transported

30th ordinary session of AU Executive Council opens in Addis Ababa

30th-AU-Session-BeginsJanuary 25, 2017 - The 30th ordinary session of the African Union (AU) Executive Council opened in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, today.

The session was officially opened with a remark by Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr   Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.

In her remark, the Chairperson said meeting the goals of Agenda 2063 requires the revival and strengthening of the spirit of Pan Africanism,

She further said Africa needs to transform through economic integration by honoring AU’s decision to establishment of a continental free trade area (CFTA) by 2017.

The Executive Council will prepare the agenda of

Continental Free Trade Crucial to African - AU Commissioner

Free-trade-essential-to-address-African-issuesJanuary 25, 2017 - Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) is crucial to address critical issues of Africa “by bringing fragmented countries into one big market”, AU Commissioner for Trade and Industry said, according to ENA.

Most of Africa’s export today is raw material which brings cash but does not create job opportunities, Commissioner Fatima Haram Acyl said at a press conference held here today.

“CFTA means prosperity of the continent, means employment, means addressing quality infrastructure, means trade facilitation, and means promoting each other’s project”, according to Acyl.

Wi

AMISOM Calls for More Troops in Somalia

AMISOM-calls-for-more-troops-in-SomaliaJanuary 24, 2017 - The Military Operations Coordination Committee (MOCC) for the African Union Mission in Somalia convened its 22nd meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia today, according to FBC.

Chiefs of Defense Staff of AMISOM troop contributing countries (Ethiopia, Burundi, Djibouti, Kenya and Uganda) or their designated representatives attended the meeting, chaired by the African Union (AU) Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ambassador Smaïl Chergui.

Representatives of the Somalia National Army, partner countries and institutions namely: the United Kingdom, the United States of America, the European Union and

South Sudan Values Its Ties with Ethiopia - Ambassador

South-Sudan-Values-Relations-with-EthiopiaJanuary 24, 2017 - James Pitia Morgan, South Sudanese Ambassador to Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to the African Union underlined that his country gives considerable attention to its relation with and support from Ethiopia in difficult times, according to FBC report.

He met and held discussion with Hirut Zemene, State Minister for Foreign Affairs over the week.

During the discussion, State Minister Hirut noted that the people of Ethiopia and South Sudan have long standing brotherly relations and that it is in this spirit of good neighborliness and cooperation that Ethiopia is continuo

Railway Service Linking Addis Ababa to Djibouti to Start Next Month

Addis-Ababa-Djibouti-Railway-To-Start-ServiceJanuary 23, 2017 - Addis Ababa-Djibouti railway will start service next month, according to the Ethiopian Railways Corporation (ERC), reports FBC.

The Corporation presented its six-month performance report today to the Public Enterprises Affairs Standing Committee of the House of People’s Representatives (HPR).

Dr. Eng Getachew Betru, CEO of the Corporation told the committee that preparations are nearing completion, including a test run, installation of electric line and construction of roads linking the stations with main roads so as to start the service.

According to him, a test

South Sudan Official Ups Rhetoric, Says Not Afraid of Ethiopia - Report

South-sudan-steps-up-rhetoric-saying-not-afraid-of-ethiopiaJanuary 22, 2017 - South Sudanese officials have stepped up rhetoric against Ethiopia in what analyst see as a moment that is developing in the relations between the two countries with a government official at the ministry of information in Juba telling a reporter that his government was not afraid of Ethiopia, according to Nyamile.com report.

Ethiopia has been looking at Kiir’s government in Juba with a second thought lately over South Sudan’s embracement of Egyptian government policy towards the Ethiopian Dam and the Nile water agreement.

An officia

Qat Business Booming in Ethiopia and Kenya

KhatJanuary 19, 2017 - “THIS is qat,” explains Teklu Kaimo, gesturing to the wooded field behind him. He started growing it in 1976, and over the years its soft, green leaves have brought him a measure of prosperity, according to the Economist. He has a modest plot of land, 11 children and money to pay their way through school.

A short walk down the hill, the central marketplace of this part of southern Ethiopia comes alive with farmers, merchants and salesmen as the sun sets. Young men sprint down streets with bundles of fresh qat leaves on their shoulders, as traders call out prices and haul the bags aboard lorries. They are bound for Addis Ababa, the capital, where

Egyptian Lawyers Preparing Lawsuit Challenging Support for GERD

egypt-lawyers-rallying-against-GERDJanuary 18, 2017 - A group of Egyptian lawyers and political activists are preparing a lawsuit to challenge a preliminary deal agreed by Egyptian president Abdel Fatah al-Sisi on Ethiopia’s Nile dam project in March 2015, reported egypt media on Wednesday.

The deal signed by President Sisi, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, and Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir asserted Ethiopia’s right to build the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), a decision that has caused huge concerns in Egypt over its water supply and ability to generate hydro-electric power.

The news comes after Sisi faced call

South Sudan Denies Making Any Deal Against Ethiopia - Report

south-sudan-denies-making-anti-ethiopia-dealJanuary 18, 2017 - South Sudan’s ambassador to Ethiopia, James Pita Morga, said his country cannot enter into a deal likely to harm Ethiopia’s interest with a third party, according to Sudan Tribune.

Morga, in an interview with the state-run Ethiopia Broadcasting Corporation (EBC), dismissed the alleged report as fabricated.

Since South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir paid visit to Egypt few days ago, lots of reports circulated on social media, alleging that the two leaders had agreed to sabotage a controversial Ethiopian massive dam project that is being built in Nile River

Joint Venture Agreement Signed to Establish Ethio-Djibouti Railway Company

railway-joint-ventureJanuary 12, 2017 - Ethiopia and Djibouti have signed a joint venture agreement to establish a company that will manage the newly built Ethio-Djibouti railway, according to FBC.

The agreement was signed yesterday in Djibouti by Ethiopia’s Minister of Transport, Ahmed Shide and Djibouti’s Minister of Transport and Finance.

The accord signed yesterday is part of the agreement signed recently between the two countries for the establishment of a joint company.  

Present at the signing ceremony were also Dr Girma Amente, Ethiopia’s Minister of Public Enterprise as well as heads of Ethiopian and Djibouti rai

Egypt Calls Meeting with Ethiopia, Sudan

Egypt-requests-meeting-with-ethiopia-sudanJanuary 5, 2017 - Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry called on Tuesday for a tripartite meeting with Ethiopia and Sudan in a phone conversation with his Ethiopia counterpart Workneh Gebeyehu, according to Daily News Egypt.

Shoukry congratulated the newly appointed Gebeyehu, before discussing bilateral interests between the two countries. Shoukry asserted the need to hold talks about the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) in order to discuss technical studies on the implications of the dam.

In March 2015, the three countries signed a declaration of principles whereby they agreed on the co

Ethiopia, Egypt and the Troubling History Over Nile Rivers

troubled-water-ethiopia-egyptJanuary 5, 2017 - Egypt and Ethiopia have been at odds for much of their modern history, perhaps nowhere more so than in their attempts to secure water of the Nile River basin. This particular struggle has been on full display in recent negotiations over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, which is situated on the Blue Nile. The history of competition over the critical waterway provides the context for regional dynamics that will endure long into the future.

Troubled Waters

Treaties lie at the center of controversy between Egypt and Ethiopia over the Nile River, primarily because most of these agreements neve

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