Politics

Oromo Liberation Front Spokesperson Killed in Meki

Oromo Liberation Front Spokesperson Killed in Meki

Mr. Bete Urgesa, a spokesperson for the opposition Oromo Liberation Front Party (OLF), was tragically killed in Meki city, located 150 kilometers away from Addis Ababa, last night. According to his party's statement, he was taken from the hotel where he was staying and later found dead on the road. The OLF party unequivocally declared Mr. Bete Urgesa's death as an extrajudicial killing, asserting that it was a deliberate attempt to suppress the Oromo question and leave them leaderless. This incident adds to the distressing pattern of violence targeting prominent figures within the Oromo community, such as the renowned Oromo…
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Somaliland and Puntland Reject Closure of Ethiopian Consulates

Somaliland and Puntland Reject Closure of Ethiopian Consulates

Four months ago, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and the President of the self-declared independent Somaliland, Muse Bihi Abdi, inked a memorandum of understanding in Addis Ababa. This agreement, among other things, granted Ethiopia ownership of a port and recognized Somaliland as a sovereign state. However, this move has sparked significant outrage and opposition in Somalia, which considers Somaliland as part of its own territory. Last Thursday, Somalia declared that the Ethiopian ambassador must vacate Mogadishu within 72 hours, and the consular offices in Hargeisa and Garowe would be shuttered, with their staff required to depart Somalia within two weeks.…
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Addis Ababa Mayor Admits over 11,000 Residents Displaced from Piazza

Addis Ababa Mayor Admits over 11,000 Residents Displaced from Piazza

Addis Ababa Mayor Adanech Abeibie has acknowledged that more than 11,000 residents have been displaced from Piazza and its surrounding areas due to ongoing urban beautification construction that commenced a few weeks ago. In a speech broadcasted by all state media outlets, the mayor stated, "We have relocated a total of 11,000 individuals from that area to more suitable accommodations." The residents affected by the demolition of their homes hail from various locations including Ras Mekonon Bridge, Mahmoud Music Hall, Adwa Victory Memorial Museum area, Abrihot Library (located four kilometers away), Tewodros Square, and Churchill Street, all due to the…
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Ethiopia Condemns the Terrorist Attack in Moscow, Russia

Ethiopia Condemns the Terrorist Attack in Moscow, Russia

On March 22, 2024, tragedy struck Moscow, Russia, as gunmen launched a brazen assault on a music party held at Crocus City Hall, leaving a trail of devastation in their wake. The assailants, armed with automatic weapons and explosives, mercilessly targeted innocent attendees, resulting in a staggering death toll surpassing 115, with over 145 individuals sustaining injuries. In the aftermath of this heinous act, Ethiopia swiftly denounced the atrocity, expressing solidarity with the Russian people and government. In a solemn declaration issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ethiopia vehemently condemned the barbaric assault, labeling it as a despicable act…
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Ethiopian Mercenary Fighter Engages on Ukraine’s Side

Ethiopian Mercenary Fighter Engages on Ukraine’s Side

The ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine, now in its third year, has evolved into a complex and protracted struggle, drawing involvement from various nations across the globe. Recently, Russia disclosed the identity of mercenaries who have been fighting alongside Ukrainian forces, shedding light on the diverse composition of the conflict. According to the Ministry of Defense of Russia, among the mercenaries is an Ethiopian soldier, whose presence signifies the international dimension of the conflict. Despite being identified as Ethiopian, the individual's specific identity remains undisclosed, underscoring the clandestine nature of mercenary involvement in the conflict. Since the conflict erupted…
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G7 and EU Urging Accelerated DDR Process in Ethiopia

G7 and EU Urging Accelerated DDR Process in Ethiopia

The G7 and the European Union (EU) have jointly recommended expediting the Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration (DDR) process for former combatants in Ethiopia. This recommendation comes in the wake of the Pretoria Peace Agreement commitments, which have garnered support from more than 30 countries and entities. Representatives from Canada, the EU, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States, stationed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, have expressed their appreciation for the ongoing dedication of the Government of Ethiopia (GOE) and the Tigray Interim Regional Administration. Both parties have pledged to fulfill the outstanding provisions of the Permanent Cessation…
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Somalia and Turkey inks Gas exploration agreement

Somalia and Turkey inks Gas exploration agreement

Somalia and Turkey have recently inked a significant agreement aimed at the development of gas and oil resources in Somalia waters. The agreement, announced by the Turkish Energy Minister, marks a milestone in the burgeoning relationship between the two nations, building upon a military agreement they previously sealed just last month. This latest accord is anticipated to bolster bilateral ties even further. According to reports from Reuters, the agreement encompasses various facets, including the exploration and production of oil within Somalia's territorial waters and land. Turkish Energy Minister Alparslan Bayraktar emphasized that the primary objective of the agreement is to…
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The war in Amhara costs Ethiopia 15 Billion Birr

The war in Amhara costs Ethiopia 15 Billion Birr

Ethiopia has borne a significant economic burden due to the conflict in the Amhara region, amounting to over 15 billion birr. The genesis of the conflict traces back to April 2023 when tensions escalated following the federal government's decision to reorganize regional special forces. A regional dispute gradually spiraled into a full-fledged war, prompting the former state government to formally request federal intervention, citing its inability to enforce state security laws. In response to the escalating crisis, the House of People's Representatives declared a state of emergency in the Amhara region in July 2023, initially for six months. Subsequently, the…
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African Union Reviews Ethiopian Peace Agreement Signed in Pretoria

African Union Reviews Ethiopian Peace Agreement Signed in Pretoria

The African Union convened to review the Ethiopian peace agreement signed in Pretoria, South Africa in November 2022. The forum witnessed the participation of the Federal Government of Ethiopia, TPLF (Tigray People's Liberation Front), US Special Envoy to the Horn of Africa Mike Hammer, and other relevant stakeholders. The two-year conflict in northern Ethiopia concluded following the signing of a peace agreement in Pretoria. However, a year has passed since the agreement, and there are lingering issues raised by both parties, which have yet to be addressed in accordance with the terms outlined in the agreement. Getachew Reda, Interim President…
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War and Drought Leave 2.6 Million Students Out of School in Amhara

War and Drought Leave 2.6 Million Students Out of School in Amhara

Amidst the ongoing war and drought ravaging the Amhara region, approximately 2.6 million students find themselves unable to attend school, as reported by the regional education office. Mr. Getachew Biazen, the head of public relations for the office, highlighted the immense challenges faced due to the security crisis and drought, which have significantly hindered student enrollment efforts. The region aimed to accommodate and educate 6.2 million students but fell short of achieving this target. The grim reality is reflected in the staggering number of 2.6 million unregistered students, depriving deserving learners of their right to education. The conflict, which escalated…
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