Tag Archives: Abiy Ahmed

African Union elects El-Sisi chairman for 2019, Ramaphosa for 2020

by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (February 11, 2019) The 32nd African Union summit in Addis Ababa elected Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi as its chairman for the year 2019, while also announcing South African President Cyril Ramaphosa for the for the year 2020. El-Sisi will replace Rwandan President Paul Kagame. The summit of the heads of state and government has ...

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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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      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: 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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          Agency finalizes structural, legal framework to facilitate Diaspora participation in Ethiopia’s development

          by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (January 4, 2019) The Ethiopian Diaspora Agency says it has finalized structural and legal frameworks to launch its project which would facilitate the participation of Diaspora Ethiopians in development endeavors of the country, while also ensuring that their rights are protected in their country of origin. Local media reports quoted Agency’s Director, Selamawit Dawit as ...

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            ‘Abiy Ahmed Is Not a Populist,’ says Foreign Policy mag

            ESAT News (December 7, 2018) Foreign Policy Magazine says critics’ depiction of Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, as populist was wrong. “One of the most common – and at times most compelling [critiques] – is that Abiy is a populist in the mold of Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan, India’s Narendra Modi, and U.S. President Donald Trump. It’s a critique worth ...

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              Ethiopia: IMF sees 8.5% growth as political climate clears up

              by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (December 5, 2018) The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says Ethiopia will grow by 8.5 percent as the political unpredictability subsides and foreign direct investment improves in 2019. “Growth is expected to step up in 2018/19 to 8.5 percent, supported by stronger confidence as the political uncertainty of previous years recedes, and external financial inflows, including ...

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                Ethiopia: ODP vows to continue crackdown against instigators of deadly ethnic violence

                ESAT News (November 30, 2018) The Oromo Democratic Party (ODP), a party governing the Oromo region in Ethiopia, vows to continue its fight against what it called elements that are bent on inciting ethnic violence that led to untold suffering and loss of lives in the region and beyond. In a statement issued at the end of an emergency central ...

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                  Ethiopia: Ringleaders of commandos accused of plotting to kill PM arraigned before court-martial

                  by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (November 29, 2018) Ringleaders of special commandos who are accused of plotting to kill Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed last month were arraigned before a court-martial. Last month, about 240 special commandos showed up unannounced at the National Palace fully armed and demand to speak with the Prime Minister. The soldiers said they wanted the PM ...

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                    U.S. Assistant Secretary of State visits Ethiopia

                    ESAT News (November 28, 2018) US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Tibor Nagy is in Addis Ababa for an official working visit as part of his tour to East Africa. Nagy and General Thomas D. Waldhauser, Commander of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), met with Ethiopia’s Minister of Defense Aisha Mohammed to discuss opportunities for security cooperation between the ...

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