News in "Politics" Category

Admin Administrator - May 2, 2019
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Radical Oromo groups reportedly have massacred over 300 hundred women, children and men in the Benshangul Gumuz region of Ethiopia. About a week ago more than hundred Amhara Ethiopians who live in Benshangul Gumuz region were killed using poisoned arrow or archery. The radical Oromo groups use the scenario opportunity to create rivalry between the two regions aiming to escalate the case to civil war. It is also known that those radical Oromo groups have reached out to international media organization, specifically Al-Jazeera, to cover up the massacre.

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Admin Administrator - January 28, 2019
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Saudi authorities released billionaire Mohammed Hussein Al Amoudi after nearly 15 months of detention, Ethiopian officials said, the latest in a wave of prominent businesspeople to regain their freedom after being rounded up in November 2017.

Mr. Al Amoudi, born in Ethiopia and a Saudi citizen, was once considered one of the world’s richest people, with a net worth of as much as $15 billion, according to Forbes. But his still unexplained detention raised questions about his ownership of a far-flung business empire that includes Swedish oil assets, Ethiopian agriculture and Saudi construction and real estate.

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Admin Administrator - January 23, 2019
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Ethiopian authorities arrested former Communication Minister Bereket Semon in the wee hours of Wednesday from his home in capital Addis Ababa.

Berket was arrested along with Tadesse Kassa, a member of the coalition Amhara National Democratic Movement party, from which both were dismissed in April.

The two politicians are suspected of embezzling funds of Tiret, a company operating ...

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Admin Administrator - January 22, 2019
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France has summoned Italy's ambassador after the Italian deputy prime minister accused the French of exploiting Africa and fuelling migration.

On Sunday, Luigi di Maio called on the European Union to impose sanctions on France for its policies in Africa.

He said France had "never stopped ...

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Admin Administrator - June 23, 2018
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An explosion in the capital of Ethiopia has killed “a few people” and left many others injured, the new prime minister of the eastern African nation said Saturday.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed called the blast the result of a “well-orchestrated attack.”

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Admin Administrator - May 29, 2018
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Islington man Andy Tsege is set to be released from Ethiopian prison today – after four years in illegal captivity.

Andy Tsege's family protesting in Whitehall last year. From left: daughter Menabe, 10, partner Yemi Hailemariam, son Yilak, 10, and daughter Helawit, 17. Picture: Polly HancockAndy Tsege's family protesting in Whitehall last year. From left: daughter Menabe, 10, partner Yemi Hailemariam, son Yilak, 10, and daughter Helawit, 17. Picture: Polly Hancock

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Admin Administrator - April 5, 2018
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Ethiopia has a new Prime Minister. His name is Abiy Ahmed Ali. He was sworn in on 2nd April. His predecessor, Hailemariam Desalegn, resigned on 15th February. He gave as his reason the desire to open up the political space to greater participation, saying his resignation was key to the bid “to carry out reforms that would lead to sustainable peace and democracy.”

A month ...

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Admin Administrator - March 27, 2018
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Ethiopia's ruling coalition has elected Abiy Ahmed as its new chairman, according to state media.

The announcement on Tuesday by state broadcaster FANA means that Ahmed, who hails from the Oromo ethnic group, is now expected to succeed Hailemariam Desalegn as Ethiopia's prime minister.

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Admin Administrator - March 26, 2018
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ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Ethiopian security forces have re-arrested a number of recently freed politicians and journalists as they gathered for a social event outside the capital, Addis Ababa, with family and friends, a lawyer said Monday.

Amha Mekonnen has represented a number of the detainees. The lawyer told the Associated Press the arrests Sunday afternoon occurred because they were accused of displaying a prohibited national flag. “I also understand they were accused of gathering en masse in violation of the state of emergency rule.”

Under Ethiopia’s latest state of emergency declared earlier this year, people are prohibited from such gatherings without authorities’ prior knowledge. A ...

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Admin Administrator - March 16, 2018
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Tadesse is a 28-year-old Ethiopian from the capital, Addis Ababa. Like thousands of others he took part in demonstrations over the last three years, and together with family members, refused to pledge support for the Ethiopian government. Such displays of political dissent led to him being repeatedly imprisoned, tortured and cruelly mistreated. Now safe in Europe, he is in physical pain and psychological anguish as a result of the barbaric way he was treated in prison.

His experience is typical of contemporary Ethiopia where state violence and human rights abuses are commonplace. For the last 27 years the country has been ruled by the TPLF dominated EPRDF coalition; a totalitarian regime supported and lauded by the west – principally America, Britain and to a lesser degree the European Union – as a model for ...

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