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Amnesty calls Ethiopia to disband special police unit in Somali region

ESAT News (June 12, 2018) Amnesty International issued a fresh call for the government of Ethiopia to immediately disband the Liyu Police unit in the Somali region of the country. The call by Amnesty came in response to what it said “may amount to extrajudicial executions” of at least 14 people over the weekend by the Liyu police. “The Liyu ...

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    Ethiopia: Grenade attack injures twelve, one critically

    ESAT News (June 11, 2018) A grenade explosion at a university in Southern Ethiopia had left twelve students injured, one of them critically. The bomb was thrown into a library in Dilla University in Southern Ethiopia. No party claimed responsibility for the grenade attack that took place in one of the politically tense universities in the country. Ethnic clashes between ...

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      Ethiopia: Specter of economic crisis looms large due to forex crunch

      by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (June 11, 2018) The effect of Ethiopia’s foreign currency crunch is beginning to show signs of an impending economic crisis that could lead to a serious socio-economic catastrophe unless an immediate fix is sought to address the issue, the Finance Minister told Parliament.   Presenting the country’s budget to the Parliament, the Minister of Finance ...

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        Protesters in Afar demand release of political prisoners, fair share of resources

        by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (June 8, 2018) Residents of towns in Afar region took to the streets demanding the release of political prisoners and objecting interference by the neighboring Tigray region in the affairs of the Afaris. Video received by ESAT show police firing shots as demonstrators chant slogans denouncing the regional government. It was not clear if there ...

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          Ethiopia: METEC squanders hundreds of millions of dollars, says Parliament

          ESAT News (June 7, 2018) A parliamentary committee has found that the Metals and Engineering Corporation (METEC) has squandered hundreds of millions of dollars in producing machineries without a thorough study of the market for its products. The Parliamentary committee found that machineries worth 326.4 million dollars were made by METEC but were left to sit and decay at its ...

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            US donates C-130 Hercules transport aircraft to Ethiopia

            ESAT News (June 7, 2018) Ethiopia has received from the United States a surplus Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules transport aircraft. Mike Raynor, Ambassador of the US to Ethiopia has participated in a ceremony to deliver a C-130 transport aircraft on behalf of the United States to Ethiopia yesterday, according to the US Embassy in Addis Ababa. Jane’s Information Group, a ...

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              Ethiopia: PM appoints chief of staff and chief of intelligence

              ESAT News (June 7, 2018) Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed today appointed General Seare Mekonen as the new Chief of Staff of the National Defense Forces of Ethiopia replacing General Samora Yunis. The Prime Minister also appointed general Adem Mohammed as Chief of the national Intelligence and Security Agency. Fitsum Arega, Chief of Staff at the Prime Minister Office said in ...

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                Forty-six Ethiopians drowned on Yemen’s shore

                ESAT News (June 7, 2018) Forty-six Ethiopians have reportedly drowned yesterday when their vessel capsized in high waves as it approached Yemen’s shore, according to the International Organizations for migration (IOM). Sixteen migrants who remain missing are presumed dead. The UN Migration Agency said the 37 men and 9 women were among the about 100 migrants crammed onto a smuggler’s ...

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                  Residents made homeless in Addis Ababa call for help

                  ESAT News (June 6, 2018) About 3,000 residents of Addis Ababa took to the streets protesting the demolishing of their houses to provide land for investors. Residents of a subdivision in the capital locally known as Hanna Mariam say they had bought the land from farmers and lived in the area for over 10 years until authorities demolished their cribs ...

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                    Ethiopia opens up key sectors of economy for private investors

                    by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (June 6, 2018) The meeting of the ruling EPRDF that decided to “fully accept” the ruling of the Ethiopian Eritrean Boundary Commission and the Algiers agreement yesterday, has also made a decision to open up key sectors of the economy that has so far been closed for private investors. The statement issued by the EPRDF ...

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