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Ethiopia: PM appoints press secretary to facilitate flow of information to media, public

by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (November 5, 2018) Ethiopia’s Prime Minister has formed a new press secretariat in a bid to provide timely information to the media and public on the works of his government and regional administrations. Abiy Ahmed has also appointed Billene Seyoum as his first press secretary, who said in her first presser in Addis Ababa today ...

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    Eritrea vows to consolidate peace in region as UN prepares to lift sanctions

    by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (November 5, 2018) As the United Nations is set to lift a nine year old sanction on Eritrea, its unwavering president, Isaias Afwerki, says the recent peace between Ethiopia and Eritrea represents a new epoch and political dynamics in the Horn of Africa region and beyond. Afwerki vows to consolidate the peace process in the ...

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      Ethiopia: Germany to support demobilization of opposition soldiers

      by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (November 1, 2018) Germany is to finance the demobilization and return to civilian lives of the about 35,000 soldiers of opposition political groups that have recently returned to Ethiopia from their base in Eritrea. Ahmed Shide, the newly appointed Minister of Finance, who has just returned from a visit to Germany, accompanying Prime Minister Abiy ...

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        Ethiopia appoints first female supreme court president

        by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (November 1, 2018) Ethiopia’s parliament appointed the first female supreme court president today in what is seen as the latest move by a reformist Prime Minister in increasing women’s role in his government. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed nominated Meaza Ashenafi to lead the highest court of the land which was unanimously approved by the Parliament. ...

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          Ethiopia: Electoral board, defense, judiciary under reform: Abiy Ahmed says

          by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (October 31, 2018) Ethiopian Prime Minister said his government is working to reform the electoral board, defense, judiciary and education sectors. Abiy Ahmed was speaking today at the CommerzBank Arena in Frankfurt, Germany where thousands of Ethiopians from all over Europe gathered to ask the premier questions of relevance in the direction the country is ...

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            Ethiopia: WB approves $1.2B in grants, loans to support financial reforms

            ESAT News (October 31, 2018) The World Bank has approved $1.2 billion in grants and loans to Ethiopia to support financial sector reforms and investment. The executive board of the Bank announced yesterday that the $600 million grant and a $600 million loan would be used to improve trade, telecom, power and logistics. After taking office in April, Ethiopia’s Prime ...

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              Ethiopia: Oromo president warns OLF militia

              ESAT News (October 30, 2018) President of Ethiopia’s Oromo region warns rebel forces in the south and western regions of the country saying the government has a responsibility to protect the safety of citizens. Lemma Megersa told local journalists today that elements who are armed and operating under the name of OLF should cease their destructive activities. He said the ...

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                Ethiopia: Afaris continue protests against local govt

                by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (October 29, 2018) Towns in the Afar region of northern Ethiopia have continued protests against the local government demanding reforms and respect for human rights. Several people were reportedly injured yesterday in the regional capital Semera and Rahile town when security forces attempted to disperse crowds. At least ten people were injured when security forces ...

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                  Ethiopia: Several killed in clashes between OLF and govt forces

                  by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (October 29, 2018) Ethiopian government forces clashed with combatants of the separatist Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) in Borena, Southern Ethiopia on Friday. According to ESAT sources, at least five government forces were killed in the fight while about 30 OLF soldiers were injured. It was not immediately clear how many, if any, combatants were killed ...

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                    Abiy Ahmed to visit Europe to meet leaders, Ethiopian community

                    by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (October 26, 2018) Continuing his global tour to lift his country’s image, Ethiopia’s young Prime Minister will visit Europe to attend the G20 Compact with Africa conference, meet European leaders and a big Ethiopian community in Europe. Dr. Ahmed will first travel to Paris on Monday to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron. In July, ...

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