ESAT English News

Ethiopia: Gender parity in Abiy Ahmed’s new cabinet

by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (October 16, 2018) Ethiopia’s reformist Prime Minister appointed women in half of his cabinet positions in a move to ensure gender parity in a government hitherto dominated by men. “Of the 20 cabinet members, 10 or 50% are women,” Abiy Ahmed told MPs as he announces his cabinet to the Ethiopian Parliament today. But the ...

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    Ethiopia cracks down on illegal military training facility

    by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (October 15, 2018) Police in Ethiopia’s western restive region of Benishangul-Gumuz say they have cracked down on an illegal military training facility in the region. The regional police commissioner told the Ethiopian Television that about 400 trainees, mostly teenagers, were undergoing military training at the illegal facility in Asossa district. According to the statement by ...

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      Ethiopia arrests leaders of special commandos for violating constitution, military discipline

      by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (October 15, 2018) Chief of Staff of the Ethiopian defense forces said the special commandos that showed up at the National Palace last week and demand to speak to the Prime Minister have violated the country’s constitution and the military discipline that they were highly expected to strictly adhere to. Last week a group of ...

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        Six killed in violence in western Ethiopia

        by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (October 12, 2018) Six people have been killed as violence continues in Ethiopia’s western region of Benishangul- Gumuz. According to ESAT sources, the attack has also left 50 households displaced. The new wave of attack in Tepi district of Sheka zone brings the death toll to 48 since the ethnic motivated violence began two weeks ...

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          Italy applauds Ethiopia reforms, grants $25M

          ESAT News (October 12, 2018) Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, who paid a two day visit to Ethiopia has said his country would support economic and political reforms in Ethiopia. Mr. Conte has also applauded the peace agreement between Ethiopia and Eritrea that has ended two decades of enmity. He said he would encourage Italian investors to do business in ...

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            Ethiopia: Lenco Latta concerned OLF remains armed as Dawud Ibsaa persists

            By Engidu Woldie ESAT News (October 11, 2018) A leading Oromo political figure said he was baffled by the position of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) to remain armed. In an interview with a local radio station, Lenco Latta, who is the chairman of the Oromo Democratic Front (ODF) said the recent statement by Dawud Ibssa, Chair of the OLF, ...

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              Ethiopia: Abiy Ahmed to reshuffle cabinet

              By Engidu Woldie ESAT News (October 11, 2018) The cabinet of Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, would be restructured and downsized in line with ongoing reforms. New portfolios would also be created based on the priorities of his government, according to a draft law sent to the Parliament. The existing cabinet sent a draft law to Parliament yesterday to reduce ...

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                Ethiopia: Gov’t calls on OLF to disarm combatants

                by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (October 10, 2018) Ethiopian government spokesperson called on the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) to immediately disarm its combatants that were still carrying weapons. The statement by the minister of government communication affairs, Kasahun Gofe, was made in response to a recent statement by the leader of OLF, Dawud Ibssa, who said they had not made ...

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                  Ethiopia: Soldiers show up unannounced at National Palace, PM orders pushups

                  by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (October 10, 2018) A group of soldiers showed up unannounced at the National Palace and demand to speak with the Prime Minister, who punished them with some pushups. The soldiers reportedly wanted the PM to address salary and benefit issues. Wild speculations filled the Ethiopian social media today as a group of about 240 members ...

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                    ESAT News In English Tue 9 Oct 2018

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