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Local forces kill at least ten in Tepi as communal violence continues

ESAT News (February 1, 2019) Reports reaching ESAT say at least 10 people were killed by local special forces in Tepi, southern Ethiopia as ethnic tensions turned deadly in the last few days. Two people were seriously injured. The national army has been dispatched to Tepi to stop clashes between the Sheka and residents of Tepi, who are mix of ...

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    Ethiopia: Premier says govt doing its part in building democracy, expects opposition to do same

    by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (February 1, 2019) Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said today that his government is doing its part in building democracy and will continue to do so. “In building democracy, the government has a big role to play. And it is doing its share in this regard,” the premier said responding to questions at the Ethiopian parliament ...

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      Ethiopia: Five killed in Tepi in communal clashes

      ESAT News (January 31, 2019) Clashes between residents of Tepi and the Sheka ethnic groups in southern Ethiopia resulted the loss of five lives. Residents of Tepi town, who said they have been attacked by the Sheka, blocked roads with burning tyres and rocks, triggering further clashes with security forces. Residents who spoke to ESAT from Tepi called on federal ...

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        Ethiopia: Curfew imposed in Jigjiga as high court charges Abdi Illey et al.

        by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (January 31, 2019) The Federal high court in Addis Ababa brought formal charges against the former president of the Somali regional state and 46 other regional officials accusing them of planning and financing deadly violence in the region. The charge brought against the former president, Abdi Mohamoud Omar, a.k.a. Abdi Alley and the 46 former ...

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          Ethiopian Air Force kill 35 al-Shabaab fighters

          ESAT News (January 30, 2019) The Ethiopian National Defence Force said its air force has killed 35 al-Shabaab fighters last week in Bur Heybe, 75 kilometers east of Baidoa, the capital of the southwest region. In a statement sent to state media, the ENDF said the helicopter attack lasted for 44 minutes and also killed two key leaders of the ...

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            130 feared drowned off coast of Djibouti – IOM

            by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (January 30, 2019) The remains of 30 bodies have so far been recovered after two boats carrying 130 African migrants capsized off the coast of Djibouti on Tuesday. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said the tragic accident happened off Godoria, a locality in the Obock region of northeast Djibouti. The IOM quoted witnesses as ...

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              METEC former managers face additional charges of running diploma mill in collusion with UCLA professor

              By Engidu Woldie ESAT News (January 29, 2019) Additional charges have been brought against former managers of the Metals and Engineering Corporation (MeTEC), a military industrial complex at the center of Ethiopia’s grand corruption scandal. New charges show that the former managers were running a diploma mill, issuing MSc and PhD degrees in collusion with a fake University in the ...

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                Ethiopia: Dire Dawa plans to strike despite lull in street protests

                ESAT News (January 29, 2019) Organizers said there will be a strike by workers in Dire Dawa starting Wednesday to demand the release of hundreds of residents detained in the week long protest. On Friday, the national defense forces were deployed to the city to bring calm and order. One person was killed in a mob attack today and clashes ...

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                  Ethiopia: OLF soldiers kill two farmers in Amaro

                  By Engidu Woldie ESAT News (January 28, 2019) Reports reaching ESAT say soldiers for the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) have killed two farmers in Amaro, Southern Ethiopia. News of the killings of the two farmers is feared to cast a shadow over recent peace agreements reached between the Front and the Oromo regional government. Public relations head with the Amaro ...

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                    Ethiopia: Former house speaker Dawit Yohannes passes away

                    by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (January 28, 2019) The first speaker of the House of People’s Representatives of Ethiopia has passed away of natural causes in the United States. Dawit Yohannes had been instrumental in the early years of the current government, serving as secretary of the commission set up to draft the constitution during the transitional government in the ...

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