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Chinese FM welcomed in Ethiopia, dismisses Africa debt fears

China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, on Thursday said Beijing will continue supplying loans to African governments despite accusations that China’s increased investments on the continent are aimed at gaining political influence. Wang Yi made the statement after a closed-door meeting with his Ethiopian counterpart WorkinehGebeyehu in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. “China upholds the principle […]

Ethiopia: Parliament approves creation of National Reconciliation Commission

Ethiopia’s parliament on Tuesday approved the creation of a reconciliation commission to tackle intercommunal ethnic violence. The objective of the Commission is to maintain peace, justice, national unity and consensus and to foster reconciliation among Ethiopians. The commission would also identify the reasons for disputes and violations of human rights, state-run Fana radio said. There […]

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Ethiopia gets €10 m from EU to support judicial reforms

The European Union on Thursday announced a support package to support Ethiopia in the area of justice and rule of law.   The €10 million package was unveiled after a meeting between Ambassador of the EU to Ethiopia, Johan Borgstam, and Ethiopia’s Chief Justice, Meaza Ashenafi.   According to Meaza Ashenafi, the EU boost was […]

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Ethiopian PM meets opposition parties, pledges fair elections

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Tuesday met members of 81 opposition parties to discuss ways of reforming the electoral system. The move comes a month after a former judge and leading opposition figure has been sworn in as the head of Ethiopia’s electoral board. The Tuesday meeting focused “on highlighting the reforms required to […]

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Ethiopian’s ex-opposition leader appointed election boss

The Ethiopian House of People’s Representatives on Thursday approved the nomination of Birtukan Mideksa as the new head of the electoral commission. Birtukan Mideksa, a former judge and leading opposition figure returned to Ethiopia earlier this month after seven years in exile in the US. According to Africanews portal, some lawmakers reportedly questioned Mideksa’s independence, […]

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Top US diplomat to visit Horn of Africa

The United States Department of State’s top diplomat on African Affairs will travel to Ethiopia, Djibouti, Eritrea, Kenya, and later on to Germany from November 27 to December 8, Washington said. Tibor Nagy, Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs is expected to visit the Horn of Africa as part of US efforts to […]

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Ethiopia: 200 bodies uncovered in mass grave

Police in Ethiopia have discovered a mass grave with 200 bodies near the border between the Somali and Oromia regions, local media reported. The grave was found by the police during a court-ordered investigation for evidence of alleged abuses by forces loyal to the former president of the Somali region, Abdi Mohammed. Police were granted […]

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Ethiopia’s PM appoints a woman government spokesperson

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Monday appointed Billene Seyoum as Press Secretary and government spokesperson at the office of the Prime Minister. Billene who has extensive experience in communications & journalism held her first briefing for local and foreign journalists on Monday. She announced the issuance of access badges for media operating within the […]

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G20 Compact: Germany pledges €243 billion for Africa

German Chancellor Angela Merkel this week met 11 African heads of state, international organizations and corporate leaders to promote a program launched last year to encourage private investment in Africa. The G20 Compact with Africa was open to all African countries but so far only 11 have joined: Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, […]

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Security Council Renews mandate of UN mission in Sahara

The UN Security Council approved the renewal of the UN Mission in the Sahara MINURSO for another six months ahead of the Geneva round table. The resolution 2440, adopted by a vote of 12 in favor to none against, with 3 abstentions (Bolivia, Ethiopia, Russian Federation), welcomed the decision by the UNSG personal envoy for […]

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