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New Medical Center Inaugurated at Jimma University

Jimma University inaugurated state-of-the-art medical center, modern civic center, a 40,000-seat stadium, roads and other infrastructures at the University campus today December 08, 2018. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Presidents al-Bashir and Omar Guelleh visited and inaugurated at Jimma Town. The medical center which is built to serve as a research and teaching will also […]

Mekele City Host ‘Respect the Constitution’ Rally

Mekele city, the capital of Tigray Regional state hosts a massive protest rally dubbed as ‘Respect the Constitution’ Rally today December 08, 2018, the day where the constitution is marked. Thousands are gathered at Tigray Stadium,  a multi-use stadium in Mek’ele, early in the morning for a rally which is organized by the regional government. […]

Ethiopia Attorney General probes deadly conflicts, Oromia protests continue

(Africanews) – Ethiopia’s Attorney General has dispatched team on investigators to probe recent conflicts in parts of the country, the state-run FBC reported on Tuesday. A statement sent to FBC said the teams were tasked to “investigate and identify those who are accountable for the conflicts that have led to death and displacement of people and caused damages to […]

Eritrea, United States to strengthen ties, pursue peace in Horn of Africa

(Africanews) – The United States and Eritrea have reiterated their commitment to building warm bilateral relations, and pursuing issues of mutual interest in the Horn of Africa region. The Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Tibor Nagy, who is on a tour of Eastern Africa, met with Eritrea’s president Isaias Afwerki on Tuesday. Eritrea’s […]

Ethiopia’s judicial system gets €10 m EU support

(Africanews) – The European Union, EU, has upped its support for Ethiopia in the area of justice and rule of law, announcing a support package on Thursday. The 10 million euro support was announced after a meeting between Ambassador of the EU to Ethiopia, Johan Borgstam, and Ethiopia’s Chief Justice, Meaza Ashenafi. CJ Ashenafi expressed […]

Ahmed Shide met with Tibor Nagy to Discuss Economic Issues

Ahmed Shide, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, met with Tibor Nagy, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs to discuss U.S. support for Ethiopia’s long-term economic growth. Assistant Secretary Nagy expressed the United States’ commitment to partner with Ethiopia to promote a business and investment climate that encourages innovation and job creation and […]

Mekedonia Has Raised More than 74million Br from SMS Donations

The Mekedonia Humanitarian Association (MHA) has raised more than 74 million Birr donations from SMEthio Telecom was collecting the money form its users which send a text from a cell phone – literally. A service that allows users to send three birrs to Mekedonia via SMS was launched three years ago. According to the report […]

2 out of 7 employees of IL&FS held hostage in Ethiopia released

(Economic Times, MUMBAI: Two of the seven employees of IL&FS Transportation Networks Limited (ITNL) held hostage in Ethiopia over non-repayment of salaries to local have been released and are now in Addis Ababa. In a statement the company said that IL&FS Group has been making all round efforts, in coordination with the Ministry of External […]

Leadership of ex-Ogaden rebels return to Ethiopia from Eritrea

(By Africanews) – Leadership of the Ogaden National Liberation Front, ONLF, a former rebel group in eastern Ethiopia returned to the country on Saturday from their base in Eritrea. Led by Admiral Mohamed Omar, the delegation arrived at the Bole International Airport where there were received by Finance Minister Ahmed Shide and president of the Somali Regional […]

U.S. gangs up with Ethiopia to hunt down ex-army spy chief

Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia (ADV) – Getachew Assefa, the former Ethiopian military spy chief who went into hiding in the remote Tigray region has been declared a wanted man by the United States, sources said. Eritrea’s leading Tesfa News said Wednesday that the incumbent Ethiopian government is aided by the United States government, in pursuing Assefa for […]

Ethiopia: Oromo parties, ODP and ODF merge ahead of 2020 vote

(Africanews) — Ethiopia’s Oromo Democratic Party (ODP), which is part of the ruling coalition has formalised its merged with the Oromo Democratic Front (ODF), which recently returned from exile. Oromia state president, Lemma Megersa, who is ODP’s deputy chair signed a memorandum of understanding with ODF’s chair, Lencho Leta on Wednesday. The merger could play a significant […]

Ogaden Liberation Front Departs to Ethiopia

In accordance with the Peace Agreement reached between the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (FDRE) and the Ogaden Liberation Front on 21 October in Asmara, the ONLF departed to Ethiopia to pursue its political activities through peaceful means. The contingents were flown from Asmara to Jijiga, capital of the Somali Regional State, SRS by an […]

Burundi arrests 4 former army officials in connection to assassination of former ruler

(The Eastafrican) – Burundian authorities have arrested four former military officials suspected of playing a role in the assassination of the country’s first democratically elected President Melchior Ndadaye in 1993. State prosecutor Sylvestre Nyandwi on Saturday said prosecution had evidence that the four conspired to execute President Ndadaye. Burundi state prosecutor Sylvestre Nyandwi. He said […]

God wants Ethiopians to prosper

(The Economist) – “The reason why we are poor is inside us,” cries Nigusie Roba, his face sweating with emotion. “It is not the fault of God.” The pastor’s youthful congregants rise, palms open wide. Nigusie’s voice grows louder: “Tonight you will go home anointed by God.” In the far corner a young woman drops […]

Ethiopian’s Birtukan Mideksa appointed election boss

REAKING NEWS: Birtukan Mideksa, a former judge who has recently returned from exile, is the latest significant appointment of a woman to a key public office in Ethiopia: Birtukan Mideska had been a harsh critic of the ruling coalition and fled into exile (bbc)—A former judge and leading opposition figure has been sworn in as […]

Yared Zerihun Tells Court Rumors Tempted Him Take His Own Life

(Mahlet Fasil, AS) Yared Zerihun, former deputy head of the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) told the federal high court 10th criminal bench today that the “the wild rumors by the time of my arrest tempted me to take my own life.” Zerihun also said the allegations that he has caused severe human rights abuses, […]

Wonji Sugar Factory Up for Privatisation

(by Temesgen Mulugeta, addisfortune) A local share company has started negotiations with the government to buy the oldest sugar estate, Wonji Shoa Sugar Factory, with an offer of 11 billion Br. In a letter dated October 16, 2018, Ethio-Sugar Manufacturing S.C requested the Ethiopian Sugar Corporation and the Office of the Prime Minister to provide it […]

Ex-Ogaden rebels plan return to Ethiopia from base in Eritrea

(Africanews) The Ogaden National Liberation Front, ONLF, are set to return to Ethiopia on Wednesday, the Voice of America’s Somali service reported on Monday. Leadership of the group are due to return on Wednesday, November 21, the report said. ONLF spokesperson told the VOA that their forces were going to be airlifted from Asmara to Jijiga, capital of Ethiopia’s Somali […]

Eritrea must be pushed on urgent rights reforms: US Congressmen

(Africanews) The United States Congress’ Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission is asking the government to push Eritrea to undertake urgent human rights reforms. The co-chairs of the commission, Congressmen Randy Hultgren and James P. McGovern in a letter to the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, said any reseting of relations between Asmara and Washington […]

Ethiopian Catholic Church expresses commitment to peacebuilding

The Ethiopian Catholic Church has reaffirmed its resolve and commitment to collaborate with the newly established Ministry of Peace in Ethiopia. Makeda Yohannes – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Ethiopia’s new Minister of Peace and former speaker of parliament, Mrs Muferiat Kamil has led a strong government delegation on a courtesy call to Metropolitan Archbishop of Addis […]

Debretsion Gebremichael: the arrests of senior military and intelligence officers was an attack on Tigrayans

Ethiopia’s anti-graft drive slammed as ethnic witch-hunt (NEWS24) – A senior official in an influential faction of Ethiopia’s ruling coalition on Monday accused Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of ethnic profiling in an anti-corruption drive that has seen scores arrested. Debretsion Gebremichael, chairperson of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), said the arrests of more than […]

Ethiopia: The European Council adopts conclusions

On 19 November 2018, the Council adopted conclusions on Ethiopia. The Council notes that Ethiopia has witnessed momentous change and that political and economic reforms have gained a new impetus under the leadership of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. His ambitious agenda towards a more democratic and just Ethiopian society is a positive example for the […]

Ethiopia Jews protest Israeli government’s emigration delays

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Hundreds of Ethiopian Jews gathered in the capital, Addis Ababa, to protest the Israeli government’s decision not to allow all of them to emigrate to Israel, leaving their families divided between the two countries. Representatives of the 8,000 Jews in Ethiopia urged the Ethiopian Jews living in Israel to think carefully […]

African Union Peace Fund Launched in Ethiopia

The African Union Peace Fund that aimed at developing a mechanism of self financing of Africa’s peace and security activities, has been officially launched in Addis Ababa today. Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, current Chairperson of the AU, President Paul Kagame said as promoting peace and security is the core function of the AU Commission, […]

2018 Great Ethiopian Run attracts athletes from more than 25 countries

(By Dawit Tolesa) – The 18th installment of the Great Ethiopian Run (GER) is set take place on Sunday November 18, 2018 with more than 25 countries taking part in the road race. A total of 44,000 local participants; 500 elite athletes and 500 international participants are expected to take part in the race. Sundays’ race will start from […]

Ethiopia to vaccinate more than 1 million people against yellow fever

The Ethiopian Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners, today started a second vaccination campaign to protect high-risk populations against yellow fever. More than 1.3 million people will be protected in this seven day campaign, which follows a smaller, more focused campaign in October. The vaccination campaign uses doses […]

Raising hope at a clinic in Ethiopia

(JOAN KERN)  LNP CORRESPONDENT | Wegayhu Ketema and the Rev. Demeke Getahun came to America 29 years ago, but they haven’t forgotten their roots. Several years ago the couple created Siloam Ethiopia Ministries to raise funds to benefit the poor and homeless in the country in the Horn of Africa, which recently ended a war with Eritrea. In […]

Premier vows to intensify hunt for criminals, bring them to justice

Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed has vowed to intensify the hunt for criminals and bring them to justice. According to a statement office of the Prime Minister issued yesterday entitled “Let’s Fight Cancer,” he said the government will continue crackdown on suspects of corruption and human rights abuses. The government has been doing its level […]

President Sahlework meets with UN Deputy Secretary-General

President Sahlework Zewde conferred with the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed here in Addis Ababa today. She told the Deputy Secretary-General that Ethiopia supports the initiative to reform the United Nations. Amina Mohammed said the UN welcomes the ongoing inclusive reforms in Ethiopia and is committed to continue support to the country. The Ethiopian […]

Council of Ministers Endorses Draft Law to Set Up Two Commissions

The Council of Ministers on Wednesday endorsed a draft law for the establishment of National Reconciliation Commission and Commission for Identity and Boundary. The Council referred the draft law to the House of People’s Representatives for a final approval, a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s office noted. According to the office, the National Reconciliation […]

”There is a war on Tigray. Eritreans and Tigrayans …” Woyane cadre Daniel Berhane

“There is a war on Tigray. Eritreans and Tigrayans would better stand together against Ethiopians.” – Woyane cadre Daniel Berhanecadre Daniel Berhane (Eritrean Press)–Here are 10 other funniest quotes from Daniel Berhane’s late leader Ayte Legesse Zenawi aka Meles Zenawi. 10) In 1991, during the London conference, Meles said to British and American officials that the umbrella […]

Ethiopia’s PM Abiy Ahmed takes on the military

(By Emmanuel Igunza, BBC Africa) A year ago, many Ethiopians would not have dared to imagine the spectacle they are being treated to right now, as the government intensifies its crackdown on alleged corruption and gross human rights violations within the military and intelligence services. The nation has watched in disbelief – and then cheered – as former […]

PM Abiy Ahmed vows to deepen campaign to hunt criminals

(Borkena) Abiy Ahmed reiterates criminals do not care about their ethnicity and called on Ethiopians to help the effort to hunt criminals and hold them accountable. In a statement the office of the Prime Minister issued today entitled “let’s fight Cancer,” which likened criminals and corrupt officials to cancer, Abiy Ahmed vowed to continue deepen […]

Ethiopia: Colonel Gebregziabher Alemseged ‘Gebre Dilla’ arrested

(by Engidu Woldie, ESAT)Ethiopia’s regiment commander in Somalia, Colonel Gebregziabher Alemseged (Gebre Dilla), who was also a former political advisor for the Secretary General of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has been arrested, according to ESAT sources. He was reportedly sacked from his IGAD position last June. The colonel is accused of human rights abuses […]

Ethiopia high-profile security arrests: two more in police grips

(africanews)—Two more top former security chiefs have been arrested by police in Ethiopia following a wave of arrests relating to human rights in the intelligence agency and corruption in the military run industrial conglomerate. Former deputy intelligence chief was on Thursday arrested, with confirmation of the incident coming from Attorney General Berhanu Tsegaye. State media Fana broadcasting […]

Ethiopia’s ruling Oromo bloc agrees ‘deal’ with opposition OLF

The ruling Oromo Democratic Party, ODP, led by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed agreed in principle to work closely and solve differences with the erstwhile exile Oromo Liberation Front, OLF. (africanews.)—Major parties in Ethiopia’s Oromia region have announced a move to better cooperate in the best interest of Oromos, the largest ethnic group in the country’s biggest regional […]

General Kinfe Dagnew, General Tekleberhan Woldearegay Arrested

(Ezega) – Former Director General of state-owned Metals and Engineering Corporation (METEC), Major General Kinfe Dagnew, was arrested, according to FBC report. According to the report, citing Ethiopian Attorney General Berhanu Tsegaye, General Kinfe Dagnew was arrested as he was trying to flee to Sudan via Humera in Tigray regional state. He arrived in Addis […]

Ethiopia: More Than 40 Former METEC Officials Detained

November 10, 2018 (Ezega)- More than 40 former officials of the Metals and Engineering Corporation (METEC) and members of intelligence community have been detained, according to the Reporter. METEC management and members of intelligence forces were detained yesterday, November 9, 2018, the report discloses. The Ethiopian government government has so far not disclosed whether anyone […]

Ethiopia: Thousands join Ethiopia-Eritrea peace run

(News24) – Thousands of Ethiopians and Eritreans took part in a 10km reconciliation run Sunday in Addis Ababa in the first joint sporting event since the former bitter foes launched a rapid diplomatic thaw in July. The peace run through the Ethiopian capital caught a new positive mood after years of “cold war”. The two […]