Tag Archives: Dr. Abiy Ahmed

Ethiopia: Insecurity a problem despite reforms, says rights watchdog

ESAT News (August 16, 2018) Ethnic and religious motivated attacks and killings in Ethiopia were still a problem despite reforms spearheaded by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, says the Human Rights Watch (HRW). “Ethiopia’s new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has electrified his country with a range of reforms since he took office in April, including the release of hundreds of political ...

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    Ethiopia: Police investigating suspects overseas in foiled assassination attempt on PM

    by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (August 15, 2018) The federal court of first instance in Addis Ababa gave additional 8 days to police that is investigating suspects in foreign countries linked to the June 23 assassination attempt on the life of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. Police have requested the court for additional 14 days to further investigations on the prime ...

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      Ethiopia: Anti-terrorism head with spy agency on trial for coordinating assassination attempt on PM

      by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (August 8, 2018) One of the suspects on trial for the June 23 assassination attempt on the life of Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed was the anti-terrorism head with the Ethiopian National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS), the country’s spy agency. Tesfaye Urge, one of the about 30 suspects arrested after the June 23 assassination ...

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        Ethiopians abroad urged to contribute to trust fund to help country

        ESAT News (July 18, 2018) As part of a challenge by a new Prime Minister to Ethiopians abroad to spend a dollar a day to help their people back home, the Ethiopian government has set up the Diaspora Trust Fund Account. The Diaspora Trust Fund Account number and list of money transfer companies were announced today, urging Ethiopians abroad to ...

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          Eritreans welcome Ethiopia PM with big hugs and kisses

          by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (July 8, 2018) Ululation of joy and euphoria in the Eritrean capital Asmara early Sunday as Eritreans welcome an Ethiopian leader after two decades of war and bitterness. Well before Ethiopian Airlines carrying Abiy Ahmed touched down at the Asmara International Airport, residents of the city lined up the streets waving the flags of the ...

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            Ethiopia: Premier forecasts below 10% economic growth

            by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (July 6, 2018) Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed says he expects the country’s economic growth to be under 10% this year. The Premier was speaking today at the Parliament that has approved a budget of 12.6 billion dollars for the fiscal year that begins next week. Ahmed said focus should be given to the growth ...

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              Ethiopia: Premier says 90% of ruling party members support change

              by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (June 29, 2018) Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said 90% of members of the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) support ongoing change, political and economic reform efforts in the country. Speaking at a town hall meeting with residents of Semera, in Afar region of Northern Ethiopia, Dr. Ahmed said he and his supporters ...

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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: Andy Tsege says PM puts his job on the line for his release

                  by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (June 14, 2018) A high profile Ethiopian political prisoner recently released after four years in jail said the country’s Prime Minister told him that he had threatened to resign from his post if the ruling party would not release him. The death row prisoner, Andargachew (Andy) Tsege, told the BBC’s Hardtalk Zeinab Badawi that he ...

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                    Andargachew Tsege says PM spoke to him on various issues

                    by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (May 30, 2018) Andargachew Tsege, a political prisoner who was on death row and released yesterday after four years of imprisonment, said Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed spoke to him on a number of issues. He however told ESAT on a phone interview that he would not give details of the discussions with the PM. “I ...

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