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Ethiopia: Arrest and detention continues under martial law

by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (April 4, 2018) Security forces have continued arrest and intimidation in various parts of the country using a state of emergency imposed for the second time and for celebrating the election of a new Prime Minister. Reports reaching ESAT show that regime security forces known as Agazis have arrested and detained several people in Dire ...

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    Ethiopia: Blue Party urges new PM to work for formation of elected gov’t

    by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (April 4, 2018) One of Ethiopia’s opposition party, the Blue Party, called on the newly elected Prime Minister to give priority to bring together all opposition parties and civic organizations at home and in the Diaspora to arrive at a national consensus and pave the way for the formation of a government elected by the ...

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      Ethiopia: Opposition parties applause PM’s inaugural speech but say words need to change to deeds

      by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (April 3, 2018) Ethiopian opposition political parties have reacted to the inaugural speech by the newly appointed Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, saying his description of the opposition as competing forces in the political process but not as enemies of the regime, as has been viewed by TPLF oligarchs, is a welcome development. In his first ...

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        U.S. expresses support to new PM, renewed calls to lift emergency law

        By Engidu Woldie ESAT News (April 2, 2018) The United States said today it would support the newly elected Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed, in his government bid to “rapid implementation of democratic and economic reforms.” The U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa also said in a statement that it “looks forward to the lifting of the State of Emergency.” ...

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          Ethiopia: New PM vows to respect rights and embrace freedom

          by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (April 2, 2018) Abiy Ahmed, who swore in today as Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, said that the country needed to respect human rights, freedom of expression and assembly in the spirit of the constitution, which has been routinely violated by the regime.   In a speech that called for healing, reconciliation and unity in a country ...

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            Ethiopia: Rearrest of journalist outrageous attack on right of free expression, says Pen America

            by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (March 30, 2018) The re-arrest of Eskinder Nega is inhumane and an outrageous attack on the right of free expression in Ethiopia, Pen America, a press watchdog said in a statement. The statement by the Pen America came after authorities in Ethiopia rearrested journalists and bloggers last Sunday for what the authorities allege was holding ...

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              Ethiopia: Parliamentary inquiry into Moyale atrocities suspended

              By Engidu Woldie ESAT News (March 30, 2018) A parliamentary inquiry team formed to investigate the killings of civilians that led to massive displacement in Moyale town early this month has been ordered not to travel to the area just before it was about to depart the capital Addis Ababa. The twelve member inquiry board formed by the House of ...

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                Ethiopia: Detained journalists, bloggers moved from police station to jail

                by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (March 29, 2018) Dissidents, journalists and bloggers detained at a police station on Sunday for displaying the Ethiopian flag at a private get together were transferred to jail with the police saying their case is being handled by the Command Post that is overseeing the state of emergency. Most of those arrested yesterday were political ...

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                  Ethiopia: Abiy Ahmed to be sworn in as Prime Minister on Monday

                  by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (March 29, 2018) The newly elected chairman of the ruling party in Ethiopia will be sworn in as Prime Minister on Monday, according to reports bay state controlled media. The swearing in parliamentary ceremony was originally scheduled to be held on Saturday and no reason was given for the postponement. The ascension of Abiy Ahmed ...

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                    Ethiopia: New PM poised to assume his position but nation divided whether he wields real power

                    By Engidu Woldie ESAT News (March 28, 2018) The Ethiopian People’s Democratic Front (EPRDF) had elected a new chairman yesterday in the person of Abiy Ahmed, leader of the Oromo party in the four group coalition, the Oromo People’s Democratic Organization (OPDO). Apparently, it is the first time that an Oromo assumed the highest position in the coalition, which has ...

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