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Ethiopia: Violence in Dire Dawa left several wounded

by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (January 24, 2019) Violence that began on Monday in Ethiopia’s eastern commercial town left several people wounded, according to residents who spoke to ESAT. Gunshot wounds have also been reported. An epiphany procession carrying the holy tablet came under attack by a stone throwing group on Monday triggering a counter protest in some parts of ...

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    Abiy Ahmed makes his case at World Economic Forum, Ethiopia to host 2020 meeting

    by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (January 23, 2019) Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, urges global business leaders who met in Davos, Switzerland for the annual World Economic Forum, to invest in his country as the east African country has embarked on bold political and economic reforms. Ahmed told a gathering of world’s leading business executives that Ethiopia has made significant ...

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      Ethiopia: Bereket Simon, Tadesse Kassa to be brought before court in Amhara region

      by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (January 23, 2019) The anti-corruption commission for the Amhara region says Bereket Simon, the former board chairman of TIRET, the regional business conglomerate, and its former CEO, Tadesse Kassa, would soon be brought before a court on suspicion of misappropriation of millions of dollars. The duo were arrested today at their residences in the capital ...

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        Ethiopia: Prisoners held underground by OLF freed

        by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (January 22, 2019) The Oromo Democratic Party (ODP) said several prisoners held by the vying Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) have been freed in an ongoing campaign to flush the OLF army out of the Oromo region. Spokesperson for the ODP, Taye Dendea also told ESAT that operations were underway to free other prisoners held in ...

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          Ethiopia: OLF agrees to disarm and demobilize soldiers, again

          by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (January 22, 2019) The Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) has agreed to disarm and demobilize its soldiers after mediation by Abba Gedas, who brought together leaders of the OLF and the Oromo Democratic Party (ODP), the party of the Prime Minister, for a day long reconciliation conference in Addis Ababa. Dawd Ibssa, the chairman of the ...

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            ESAT News in English – Mon Jan 21, 2019

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              Ethiopia refugee law faces backlash

              by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (January 21, 2019) Ethiopia’s new refugee law which grants more rights to refugees, such as work permits and access to education, faces opposition from the Anywaks of Gambella who said the law did not take the reality in the region into account. Gambella is host to most of the about 900,000 refugees the country is ...

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                Ethiopia: 14 years later, inquiry commission demands to present its report on post-election violence

                  by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (January 21, 2019) Exiled leaders of an inquiry commission that was set up in 2006 to probe into post-election violence the previous year are urging the government to allow them present what they called “the true” report they had put together, saying the conclusions of the report presented to the Parliament in October 2006 ...

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                  Ethiopia says its forces killed 66 al-Shabaab fighters in retaliatory attack

                  Engidu Woldie ESAT News (January 20, 2019) The Ministry of Defense said Ethiopian troops had attacked al-Shabaab bases in Somalia and killed 66 militants a day after reports said the insurgent group claimed that it had killed several Ethiopian soldiers on Friday. The Ethiopian troops, who are in Somalia as part of the AMISOM mission, also destroyed 9 Land Cruisers ...

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                    Ethiopia: Rights watchdog says human rights landscape transformed in 2018

                    ESAT News (January 18, 2019) The Human Rights Watch said the human rights situation in Ethiopia has transformed for the better after a new Prime Minister was installed last April. “After years of widespread protests against government policies, and brutal security force repression, the human rights landscape transformed in 2018 after Abiy Ahmed became prime minister in April,” said the ...

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