Ebola outbreak in Congo declared global health emergency The World Health Organization on Wednesday declared the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo a global health emergency, citing the virus's recent spread into Goma, one of the country's most densely populated cities.Two million people reside in Goma, which sits just south of the epicenter of the outbreak, near the border with Rwanda.
Can Abiy Keep Reforming? In April 2018, Abiy Ahmed emerged the unlikely winner of an intraparty horse race to replace Hailemariam Desalegn, who had resigned from his position as Ethiopia's prime minister. Abiy is a former intelligence officer and a member of the Oromo Democratic Party (ODP)...
-The international community can encourage continued liberalization and democratization in Ethiopia by supporting the development of an independent commission to investigate the events in Addis Ababa and Bahir Dar.
-The violence has fanned ethno-regional tensions, which could manifest in communal violence if not assuaged by a transparent investigation and report concerning the assassinations.
-Additionally, the international community can support the National Elections Board to ensure that preparations for the 2020 elections are progressing according to schedule.
It is interesting to see how fast Abiy's ardent supporters of the past are ready to drop him like a hot potato. Do you see any difference between TPLF recent statement and the above recommendations from the author? We don't, except the line where it says continue liberalization - where Abiy is being encouraged to auction the main income-generating companies to private owners!
Ethiopian civil war would have far-reaching effects Recent political reforms by Abiy Ahmed, Ethiopia’s prime minister, have revived ethnic tensions within the country, resulting in violence that could spiral into civil war, with grave repercussions not just for Ethiopia's neighbors, but also for Europe, East Africa and the Arab Gulf states.Abiy the prime minister is an ethnic Oromo and was propelled into office last year as the result of a tacit alliance between the Oromo and Amhara parties in the EPRDF...
Deja vu Mohamed Adan Samatar July 15, 2019 - I remember a long time ago, during Siad Bare's regime, when Somaliland youths flock to Mogadishu to apply for a passport to flee their motherland. They would sleep in the parking lots outside the Somali Immigration Office to secure their places in the queue, which at times stretched miles and miles around the building; only to be denied and sometimes jailed for being unpatriotic.
Ethiopia: The nation that fights itself Qana Zegelila 7-15-19
The recent tragedy that took place in Bahir Dar and Addis Ababa is fresh in our minds and compelled many to raise so many questions with no easy answers. Many found it very difficult what can possibly explain the killing of comrades serving in the same party and administration and sharing same vision, according to media reports.
TPLF Statement of July 10, 2019 (Translation) July 14, 2019 - After a complete review, the TPLF has assessed the overall situation of the country in a one-day meeting held on July 2, 2011 (Ethiopian calendar). This came in the advent of the recent assassination of five senior officials, including the Ethiopian army chief of staff as well as the Amhara Regional State leaders in the Amhara region. Important milestones and decisions were established.
Regional power grab attempt causes rare discord in Ethiopia coalition
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - A failed regional coup in Ethiopia has exposed rare divisions in the alliance that has dominated the country for three decades, with two of the four ethnic parties that form the ruling coalition trading insults in a public feud. If war breaks out in Northern Ethiopia because the inept federal government failed to uphold the rule of law and its constitutional duty, make no mistake, there will be no stone left unturned anywhere in the country! Those basking in a wishful dream of seeing the Amhara and Tigrai people fighting while consolidating their own power anywhere in Ethiopia are foolish at best! The Abiy government and its western sponsors should be wary about the impending civil war! From what I hear TPLF and ADP leaders will take their fight all the way to Addis Abeba - Zeru Hagos July 12, 2019
Ethiopia's Year of Reckoning On April 2, 2018, Abiy Ahmed became Ethiopia's prime minister after the ouster of his predecessor, Hailemariam Desalegn, amid widespread protests. Early in his tenure, Abiy promised fair and competitive elections in 2020. As that date nears, however, Ethiopia appears to be in increasing danger of collapse, with a retired general and several others shot dead late last month...
Ethiopia: New journalist arrests put press freedom gains at risk The Ethiopian government risks rolling back the great progress it made on media freedom last year, said Amnesty International, after the government announced plans to charge journalists and media outlets for their reporting on the armed forces. The Abiy government should not incarcerate innocent people regardless of their profession. I can not confirm if the people Amnesty International(AI) mentioned in this report are a real journalist or political activist. What is clear is AI's coverage in Ethiopia is very biased. It makes you wonder if AI was all along praising Abiy for a sinister motive! Is AI using a scare tactic to coach Abiy? Why bring 2018 as if it is different than 2013! In any case, AI if you are honest, you should have reported although people were released when Abiy came to power many more people were jailed and uprooted since he came to power. Zeru Hagos July 2019.
Federation of Nation States: The only viable option for Ethiopia Mersea Kidan 7-10-19 - In a recent panel discussion held recently in Addis Ababa, one of the most prominent scholars in the horn of African inter-governmental and intra-governmental relations, Professor MedhanieTaddesse, recommended loosening the federal system in Ethiopia as a way out of the predicament the country is in. He declared it as the only way to save Ethiopia as a country..
Calls for unity in Ethiopia's Tigray as anti-Abiy sentiment swells Mekele (Ethiopia) (AFP) - In his cramped studio, Ethiopian reggae singer Solomon Yikunoamlak plucks his guitar and reads over his latest ballad, a strident call for unity in his native Tigray during a time of national upheaval. It is unusual material for an artist who rose to fame singing love songs, but Solomon expects it will resonate with Tigrayan listeners..
TPLF calls: 1) For EPRDF to announce the organization's stand on federalism and the constitution before the next election 2) ADP/ANDM to take full responsibility for the current sad state and the recent killings and to ask the Ethiopian people for forgiveness 3) For a clean investigation of the recent killings and to bring the killers and sponsors before the law. TPLF also affirms that it is ready to work with all federalist and those who respect the constitution to save Ethiopia and respects the constitutional rights of the Southern people! TPLF opposes any use of power to suppress the people's demand.
The Art of Compromise Teodros Kiros (Ph.D) 7-8-19 - In light of recent Ethiopian history and most particularly the youthful visions of the heroic Ethiopian students of the 1960s, rethinking the political value of Article 39 of the Ethiopian constitution which for the first time armed the Ethnics of Ethiopia to determine their destinies up and including the right to territorially separate.,,
Shield Mekele 70 Enderta from St. George's Lance Guanche 7 July 2019 - Local media reported this week that the Ethiopian Football Federation (EFF) has awarded three points and three goals to Fasil Football Club (Fasil) after St. George failed to show up for the scheduled match between the two teams in Gondar- the former's home town. The news of the forfeiture was received with disbelief and dismay across Ethiopia. Supporters of Mekele 70 Enderta Football Club (Mekele City) were particularly flabbergasted.