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Tension rekindling over Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

Relations are not calming down around the mega-dam that Ethiopia is building on the Nile, as negotiations with Sudan and Egypt, countries downstream of the river, have been suspended. An Ethiopian government meeting on May 11 rekindled the tension. During the meeting, the head of government Abiy Ahmed and several ministers, as well as the […]

Ethiopia admits to have shot down ‘by error’ the Kenyan plane in Somali

Ethiopia admits that it shot down the Kenyan plane carrying humanitarian aid in south-west Somalia. The crash took place early last week and all six passengers, Kenyans and Somalis, died. The Ethiopian authorities speak of an error in a communiqué to the African Union. It was a private plane from African Express Airways. On board […]

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Saudi Arabia deports thousands of Ethiopians amid COVID-19 pandemic

Thousands of undocumented Ethiopian workers are being abruptly deported from Saudi Arabia in cargo planes amid efforts to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus pandemic. The Saudi government claimed that the Ethiopians were vulnerable to spreading the coronavirus. Therefore, some were deported with symptoms and many without. This week, Ethiopia’s health minister, Lia Tadesse […]

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Nile dam saga: US Trump calls Egypt’s Sisi

US President Donald Trump has spoken with Egypt’s  Abdel Fattah al-Sisi with regard to the ongoing dispute over the Grand Renaissance Dam being built in Ethiopia Washington has been hosting talks between Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan – but Ethiopia skipped the latest round of negotiations last week. The East African nation accused the US of […]

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Moroccan-Ethiopian Cooperation Roadmap Reviewed in Addis Ababa

Moroccan-Ethiopian cooperation roadmap was reviewed at a meeting Monday in Addis Ababa between Head of the Moroccan Government, Saad Dine El Othmani, and Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed. The talks, held on the sidelines of the 33rd ordinary summit of the African Union, provided an opportunity to highlight the good relations between the two countries, […]

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Ethiopia: New investment law to attract FDI

Ethiopia has passed a new investment law on Thursday as part of the Horn of Africa nation’s economy and drive progress toward a middle-income status. According to the new law, banking, insurance, micro-credit and micro-saving services will be reserved for domestic investors. The country’s banking sector, dominated by the two oldest and most profitable institutions […]

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Seven million Ethiopians in need of food aid

Some seven million people in Ethiopia are in need of humanitarian aid, including emergency food assistance, according to the National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC). About 2.4 million people, or 39 percent of the total population, in Ethiopia’s Somali region are also expected to require humanitarian assistance in the course of 2020, followed by the […]

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Ethiopia: parliamentary elections scheduled for May or June

Ethiopia will hold a parliamentary election in May or June, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said on Sunday. Abiy Ahmed, who took office in April, has pledged to open up the state-dominated economy and has taken steps to end decades of hostility with neighboring Eritrea. This year election will be the first under Abiy. “On the […]

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Ethiopia secures $3 bln funding from World Bank

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Friday announced the Horn of Africa nation had got $3 billion funding from the World Bank. The World Bank funding announcement comes two days after the International Monetary Fund said it had reached a preliminary agreement for a $2.9 billion financing package to back the country’s complex economic reforms […]

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Ethiopia’s Sidama votes overwhelmingly for autonomy

Ethiopia’s Sidama votes overwhelmingly for autonomy

Ethiopia’s Sidama region has voted overwhelmingly to form a self-governing administration as many of the country’s ethnic groups demand greater autonomy. More than two million people in what is known as the Sidama zone voted on whether they want their own regional state within Ethiopia’s federal system. According to the country’s electoral board, the people […]

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