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ESAT News in English – Nov 27, 2018

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    State Department to “take steps as appropriate” against former Ethiopian spy chief

    by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (November 27, 2018) In response to a letter by Congressman Mike Coffman to the Secretary of State calling for the imposition of the Global Magnitsky Act on a former Ethiopian spy chief, Getachew Assefa, the U.S. Department of State said it will “evaluate the information and take steps as appropriate.” Last month, Mike Coffman wrote ...

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      Ethiopia: Abiy Ahmed hints elections could be postponed based on opinions of majority competing parties

      by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (November 27, 2018) Leaders of eighty-one political parties today held the first round of meetings with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to discuss on electoral reforms needed to make the upcoming elections free and fair. Speaking on whether the elections would be postponed, the Prime Minister said it would be decided based on the opinions ...

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        Ethiopia: MeTEC, family of Meles Zenawi implicated in land grab and embezzlement in Somali region

        by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (November 26, 2018) Officials with the Somali region in Eastern Ethiopia say army generals and officials of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and the Metals and Engineering Corporation (MeTEC) were involved in the embezzlement of the regional budget and massive land grab for the last ten years. Jamal Diriye, legal advisor to the regional ...

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          Ethiopia: Fire broke out at troubled Assosa University

          by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (November 26, 2018) A fire has reportedly broke out today at a building in Assosa University campus in Western Ethiopia. The University had seen deadly violence last week in ethnic motivated attacks when a small quarrel between two students turned deadly on Wednesday. Three students were killed and thirty-four were wounded. The deadly violence in ...

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            Ethiopia: New election boss vows to restore public trust on electoral board

            by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (November 23, 2018) Ethiopia’s new head of elections has vowed to make the electoral board an institution that would be trusted by the people in conducting free and fair elections. Birtukan Mideksa, who was elected yesterday by the Ethiopian parliament to lead the country’s electoral board says the public had lost trust on the institution ...

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              Ethiopia: PM to discuss electoral reforms with leaders of opposition parties

              by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (November 23, 2018) Ethiopia’s Prime Prime Minister will hold discussions with leaders of opposition political parties on electoral reforms and democratization processes in the country. The announcement today by the Office of the Prime Minister urges leaders of opposition parties to register for the meeting to be held on Tuesday. “The discussions will focus on ...

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                ESAT News in English – Nov 21, 2018

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                  Three killed in Assosa University

                  ESAT News (November 21, 2018) Three students have reportedly been killed in Assosa University in Western Ethiopia. The Minister of Science and Higher Education, Hirut Woldemariam told local journalists that a spat between two students turned into a deadly clash in which three students lost their lives. Thirty-four others were wounded, according the Minister, as reported by Fana Broadcasting Corporation. ...

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                    Ethiopia: ONLF lay down arms, combatants return home

                    by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (November 21, 2018) The Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) has officially laid down arms and combatants of the Front have returned to Ethiopia from their base in Eritrea. The move followed a peace agreement reached with the Ethiopian government in Asmara last month. Since its establishment in 1984, the ONLF has been fighting for the ...

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