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BREAKING: Ethiopia: Undisclosed number of people dead in grenade explosion at rally in Addis Ababa

by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (June 23, 2018)   Undisclosed number of people have died and others injured in a grenade explosion in a rally in Addis Ababa, where Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed was attending.   Video shared on social media shows what appears to be a loud explosion near the stage where the PM was sitting. He was quickly ...

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    Ethiopian: Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to attend rally in his support

    by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (June 22, 2018) Residents of the capital Addis Ababa and its environs as well as towns across Ethiopia will hold a rally in support of the country’s new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. Organizers say the rallies are held in support of the ongoing efforts by the Prime Minister in pushing for reforms and to encourage ...

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      Ethiopia: Group suspends armed operations

      by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (June 22, 2018) An armed opposition group announced that it has unilaterally suspended all operations using firearms to show its support for the ongoing political changes undertaken by a reformist group within the ruling party, spearheaded by the new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. “As of today June 22, 2018, Patriotic Ginbot 7 has suspended all ...

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        Ethiopia unblocks 264 websites, including ESAT

        by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (June 22, 2018) The Ethiopian government announced that it has unblocked 264 websites, blogs as well as radio and tv transmissions from abroad. “A free flow of information is essential for engaged & responsible citizenry,” Chief of staff at the Prime Minister’s office, Fitsum Arega said in a tweet this morning announcing the lifting of ...

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          Ethiopia/Eritrea: UN chief welcomes ‘positive steps’

          ESAT News (June 21, 2018) The United Nations has announced its readiness to support Eritrea and Ethiopia following recent peace overtures between the two neighboring States in the Horn of Africa, according to a report by UN News In a statement released by his Spokesperson on Thursday, the UN Secretary-General welcomed the “positive steps” taken to resolve outstanding issues regarding ...

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            Ethiopia: Dire Dawa calls Somali region president to step down

            ESAT News (June 21, 2018) Residents of Dire Dawa, a city in Eastern Ethiopia, demand in a demonstration that the president of the Somali region step down, accusing Abdi Mohamud Omar’s administration of instigating conflict among different groups, and of corruption. The campaign against Abdi Mohamud Omar, who also goes by Abdi Illey, began two months ago when residents in ...

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              “Political democracy in Ethiopia crucial for peace in the region,” says Eritrean diplomat

              “Ethiopia is the heart of this area [East Africa]. If the heart falls ill, the entire region falls ill too.” by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (June 21, 2018) An Eritrean diplomat says a rule by an exclusive and ethnic group in Ethiopia has been proven to be a threat to peace and prosperity in the region and only an all ...

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                Ethiopia: Group says would give up arms if PM implements promises

                by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (June 20, 2018) An armed opposition group said it would give up arms if Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed fulfill promises of change, scrap laws that restrict political opponents and do away with obstacles to a democratic transition. In response to a speech by the Premier on Monday that called on opposition groups abroad to give ...

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                  Ethiopia/Eritrea: Afwerki responds to Ahmed’s peace overtures

                  by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (June 20, 2018) In response to an olive branch extended from Ethiopia, Eritrea says it would send a delegation to Ethiopia to “to chart out a plan for continuous future action.” “Outside myopic considerations of public relations stunts and advantages, we will send a delegation to Addis Abeba to gauge current developments directly and in ...

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                    Ethiopia appoints new National Bank governor and deputy, albeit controversial

                    by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (June 19, 2018) Billions of dollars in debt, the Ethiopian government appointed a new governor and deputy governor for its National Bank. The decision by Abiy Ahmed, the Prime Minister, to fill the two positions with individuals with no direct experience with macroeconomic issues has already created mumbles in opposition among the banking and macroeconomic ...

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