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Ethiopia: New PM vows to respect rights and embrace freedom

by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (April 2, 2018) Abiy Ahmed, who swore in today as Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, said that the country needed to respect human rights, freedom of expression and assembly in the spirit of the constitution, which has been routinely violated by the regime.   In a speech that called for healing, reconciliation and unity in a country ...

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    Ethiopia: Rearrest of journalist outrageous attack on right of free expression, says Pen America

    by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (March 30, 2018) The re-arrest of Eskinder Nega is inhumane and an outrageous attack on the right of free expression in Ethiopia, Pen America, a press watchdog said in a statement. The statement by the Pen America came after authorities in Ethiopia rearrested journalists and bloggers last Sunday for what the authorities allege was holding ...

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      Ethiopia: Parliamentary inquiry into Moyale atrocities suspended

      By Engidu Woldie ESAT News (March 30, 2018) A parliamentary inquiry team formed to investigate the killings of civilians that led to massive displacement in Moyale town early this month has been ordered not to travel to the area just before it was about to depart the capital Addis Ababa. The twelve member inquiry board formed by the House of ...

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        Ethiopia: Detained journalists, bloggers moved from police station to jail

        by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (March 29, 2018) Dissidents, journalists and bloggers detained at a police station on Sunday for displaying the Ethiopian flag at a private get together were transferred to jail with the police saying their case is being handled by the Command Post that is overseeing the state of emergency. Most of those arrested yesterday were political ...

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          Ethiopia: Abiy Ahmed to be sworn in as Prime Minister on Monday

          by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (March 29, 2018) The newly elected chairman of the ruling party in Ethiopia will be sworn in as Prime Minister on Monday, according to reports bay state controlled media. The swearing in parliamentary ceremony was originally scheduled to be held on Saturday and no reason was given for the postponement. The ascension of Abiy Ahmed ...

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            ESAT News in Brief March 28, 2018

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              Ethiopia: New PM poised to assume his position but nation divided whether he wields real power

              By Engidu Woldie ESAT News (March 28, 2018) The Ethiopian People’s Democratic Front (EPRDF) had elected a new chairman yesterday in the person of Abiy Ahmed, leader of the Oromo party in the four group coalition, the Oromo People’s Democratic Organization (OPDO). Apparently, it is the first time that an Oromo assumed the highest position in the coalition, which has ...

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                Ethiopia: Opposition parties welcome new PM with grain of salt, demand he paves the way for transition

                ESAT News (March 28, 2018) Ethiopian opposition groups abroad demanded that the soon to be appointed Prime Minister, Dr. Abiy Ahmed, prepare the country for transition, scrapping the state of emergency and releasing all political prisoners. Patriotic Ginbot 7, an armed opposition group quizzed if the election of Dr. Ahmed was the usual political plot by the TPLF or if ...

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                  ESAT DC News in Brief Tue 27 March 2018

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                    BREAKING: Dr. Abiy Ahmed becomes EPRDF chairman

                    =========================================== by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (March 27, 2018) Ethiopia’s ruling coalition, EPRDF, elects Dr. Abiy Ahmed as the new chairman of the Front, according to the national broadaster, EBC. The election of Dr. Abiy Ahmed as chairman of the Front will by default make him the Prime Minister. He is expected to be officially ordained as the Prime Minister when ...

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