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Ethiopia: Authorities crackdown on illegal forex dealers

ESAT News (August 28, 2018) Authorities in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa shutdown illegal forex exchange shops and arrested 37 people who were allegedly involved in the illegal practice. Police also found 57,000 U.S. dollars, over 2,000 euros, over 4,000 British pounds and over 5 million birr, the Ethiopian currency. Authorities say more currencies could be seized when further searches would ...

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    Ethiopia: Six officials of Somali region arrested

    ESAT News (August 28, 2018) Six more officials of the Somali region of Ethiopia have been arrested after yesterday’s arrest of the ex-president of the region, Abdi Illey. The arrests were made after the regional council has lifted legislative immunities of seven officials on Sunday. The Federal police say the officials would be brought to justice and defend the allegations. ...

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      TPDM agrees to lay down arms

      by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (August 28, 2018) The Tigray People’s Democratic Movement (TPDM), an armed opposition group based in Eritrea, has agreed to continue its struggle through peaceful means. Chairman of TPDM Mekonen Tesfai and General Adem Mohammed, Director of the Ethiopian National Intelligence and Security Agency have reached the agreement in Eritrea’s capital Asmara today, according to the ...

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        Ethiopia: PM sees no reasons to postpone 2020 elections

        by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (August 27, 2018) Ethiopia’s reformist Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, who said he would only stay in power if he wins an election, reiterated his position that he doesn’t see any reason for postponing the 2020 elections. Abiy Ahmed, who met the press on Saturday for the first time since he took office, also noted that ...

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          Ethiopia: Abdi Illey arrested for inciting ethnic, religious violence

          by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (August 27, 2018) The ex-president of Ethiopia’s Somali region, Abdi Mohamoud Omar, also known as Abdi Illey, has been arrested at his residence in Addis Ababa today. According to a report by the Ethiopian Television that quoted the federal prosecutor, Abdi Illey was arrested for violations of human rights, inciting ethnic and religious conflict in ...

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            BREAKING: Bereket Simon, Tadesse Kassa suspended from Amhara party

              by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (August 24, 2018) The central committee of the Amhara National Democratic Movement (ANDM) has announced that founding members of the Movement, Bereket Simon and Tadesse Kassa (Tadesse Tinkishu) have been suspended from membership of the central committee until its next meeting in September. At the end of a two day congress, the ANDM central ...

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              Visiting U.S. delegations says Ethiopia reform measures encouraging

              by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (August 24, 2018) A delegation from U.S. Congress visiting Ethiopia has said political and economic reform measures taken by Prime MInister Abiy Ahmed in a short span of time were very encouraging. Congressman Chris Smith is in Ethiopia leading a delegation from the U.S. Congress to see the progress made in the country especially after ...

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                Grenades found at residence of suspect in foiled assassination attempt on Ethiopian PM

                by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (August 23, 2018) Police investigating the June 23 foiled assassination attempt on the life Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said bombs and other weapons were found at the residence of the main suspect whom they allege has organized and led the plot to kill the Premier. Tesfaye Urgie, who was ironically the head of the ...

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                  Ethiopia: Two ex-officials of Somali region arrested in Somaliland

                  by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (August 23, 2018) Two former officials of the Somali region of Ethiopia have been nabbed in Somaliland as they were boarding a plane to Mogadishu, capital of neighboring Somalia. Somaliland immigration officials have detained Ibrahim Adem Mahad, the former head of the regional education bureau and Abdi Jama former head of justice bureau. Both ex-officials ...

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                    Ethiopia slashes telecom, internet tariffs

                    by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (August 22, 2018) Ethio telecom has slashed rates in mobile data, local calls and SMS in an unprecedented move by a sector that is still monopolized by the government. The significant reduction of fees, as much as 54% in broadband and 43% in mobile data and SMS, came after the government in June announced it ...

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