November 9, 2017 - After long silence, Ethiopia Prime Minster briefed local journalists on current issues. Among the topics raised by the primer include: the border conflicts between Oromia and Ethiopia Somali regional states, ongoing anti- corruption crackdown, devaluation of Ethiopia currency and other current issues. He said Ethiopia’s National Security Council has begun works to resolve conflicts occurring in the country. The Council’s works will focus on involving the public to tackle conflicts, including conducting series of public consultations. The Ethiopian premier also said that the federal and regional security forces have also started an integrated works as of this week to deter activities of those who want to take advantage of the current conflicts and to maintain sustainable peace
He further said that a task force will be established soon to rehabilitate those hundreds of thousands of people displaced by the conflict between Oromia and Ethiopian Somali regional states. The country is now peaceful, he told the press.
When asked if there is disagreement between EPRDF member parties and affiliate organizations following the conflict between Oromia and Ethiopian Somali regional states, he said, the problem is not within the parties, it is on the leaderships.
He said the government has taken measures against those security forces who were involved in the conflict. It also needs continuous works to bring to justice all those involved in the incident.
As far as the ongoing deep renewal program is concerned, the Prime Minister said that the ruling party will continue its renewal program until rent seeking is defeated and developmental political economy takes the upper hand.
On the recent arrest of Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Ali Al-Amoudi by Saudi government, the Prime Minister Hailemariam said that the government of Ethiopia is following the situation diplomatically.
The government believes that his arrest will not affect his investment in Ethiopia, the Premier said.