ESAT English News

Ethiopia to lift state of emergency

by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (June 2, 2018) The cabinet of Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, also known as the Council of Ministers, has announced today that a state of emergency imposed in February would be lifted. The news comes in the form of a tweet by Fitsum Arega, the Chief of Staff of the Prime Minister, who wrote that the Council, ...

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    Ethiopia: Bank Governor accused of providing illegal loan guarantee to EFFORT

    by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (June 1, 2018) The governor of the National Bank of Ethiopia (NBE) has given illegal loan guarantees to the Endowment Fund for the Rehabilitation of Tigray (EFFORT), a business conglomerate owned by the ruling TPLF. According to ESAT sources at the National Bank of Ethiopia, the Governor, Teklewold Atnafu, has given several guarantees of upto ...

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      PM Abiy Ahmed played very decisive role for my release, says Andy Tsege

      by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (June 1, 2018) Andargachew Tsege has been reunited with his family in London in an emotional welcome at the Heathrow Airport where Ethiopians came out in huge numbers to celebrate his release after four years of imprisonment. Upon arrival, Andy acknowledged Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed for playing a key role to get him released. He ...

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        Amnesty says Ethiopian authorities must immediately demobilize Liyu Police

        ESAT News (May 31, 2018) Amnesty International said today that the Ethiopian government must immediately withdraw and disband the Liyu police unit of the Somali regional state, whose members are unlawfully killing people in neighbouring Oromia region. “Members of the unit, set up by the Somali state as a counter-terrorism special force, this week burnt down 48 homes belonging to ...

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          Premier’s request to address Ethiopians in North America declined by Sports Federation

          ESAT News (May 31, 2018) A request by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to address Ethiopians in North America at their annual sports festival has been declined by the organizing body. The request made by the Prime Minister to the Ethiopian Sports Federation in North America (ESFNA) through the Ethiopian Embassy in Washington, DC has been a hot topic of debate ...

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            Ethiopia’s forex reserve at all time low, crisis result in firing of Governors of National Bank

            By Engidu Woldie ESAT News (May 31, 2018) Ethiopia’s foreign reserve is at an all time low, only enough to cover imports for two weeks. Although not yet official, ESAT sources said the Prime Minister has made a decision to remove the Governor of the National Bank of Ethiopia, Teklewold Atnafu. According to reports reaching from Addis Ababa, the Deputy ...

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              Andargachew Tsege says PM spoke to him on various issues

              by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (May 30, 2018) Andargachew Tsege, a political prisoner who was on death row and released yesterday after four years of imprisonment, said Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed spoke to him on a number of issues. He however told ESAT on a phone interview that he would not give details of the discussions with the PM. “I ...

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                Ethiopia: Charges against ESAT, OMN dropped

                ESAT News (May 29, 2018) Ethiopian regime prosecutors announced today that they had dropped charges to independent media outlets abroad and two individuals. Prosecutors in February 2017 brought charges against two media outlets based abroad, Ethiopian Satellite Radio and Television (ESAT) and the Oromo Media Network (OMN). According to prosecutors, all the accused were involved in “attempts to overthrow the ...

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                  Ethiopia: Andargachew Tsege walks free

                  By Engidu Woldie ESAT News (May 29, 2018) Ethiopia’s high profile political prisoner was freed today and welcomed at his residence by a jubilant crowd. The leader of an opposition movement, Andargachew Tsege, was kidnapped at a Yemeni airport in June 2014 in a joint operation by the Yemeni and Ethiopian intelligence and was held in solitary confinement until his ...

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                    Ethiopians await release of high profile political prisoner

                    By Engidu Woldie ESAT News (May 28, 2018) A high profile political prisoners is expected to walk free today after four years of solitary confinement. The leader of an opposition group based abroad, Andargachew Tsege was kidnapped at the Yemeni airport in June 2014, in a joint operation by the Yemeni and Ethiopian intelligence. He was sentenced to death in ...

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