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Ethiopia: France to back Prime Minister Abiy’s reforms

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed met President Emmanuel Macron of France on Monday in Paris on his first official visit to Europe since taking office in April. President Macron praised the Ethiopian Prime Minister’s raft of reforms that have turned the region’s politics on its head. He vowed to back the reformist Prime Minister in […]

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Ethiopia welcomes first woman president

The Ethiopian Parliament on Thursday elected Sahle-Work Zewde as the country’s first female president. The move follows the resignation of Ethiopia’s outgoing President Mulatu Teshome on Wednesday. Teshome, who has been the East African country’s head of state since October 2013, on Wednesday submitted his letter of resignation. According to State news agency ENA and […]

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U.S. to slap sanctions on Ethiopia’s ex-spy boss

US Congressman Mike Coffman is pushing for sanctions to be slapped on Ethiopia’s former intelligence chief, Getachew Assefa. Getachew was the country’s head of intelligence services for many years under the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) regime but was removed after reformist Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, took control of political power in April. Getachew and […]

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Addis Ababa violence: Ethiopia frees over 1,100 detainees

The Ethiopian government on Thursday announced the release of  1,174 youth arrested over violent protests in and around the capital Addis Ababa last month. The unrest escalated on the day of a rally marking the return to Ethiopia of leaders of the exiled Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), which had waged a four-decade insurgency for self-determination […]

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Ethiopia: A woman appointed as Defense minister in cabinet reshuffle

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has made history after the parliament approved Tuesday his new 20-member cabinet half composed by women who have been offered key posts including the defense portfolio. The new cabinet received confidence vote from the parliament in what has become the first balanced cabinet in the history of the country known […]

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Ethiopia’s President announces visa-on-arrival regime for Africans

Ethiopia will roll out a visa-on-arrival regime for all Africans entering the country, President Mulatu Teshome said on Monday. The president, who was speaking at the opening of the new session of the country’s parliament in Addis Ababa, said there would be no need for Africans to necessarily apply for visas before flying into the […]

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Horn of Africa nations urge UN to lift Eritrea sanctions

Ethiopia and Somalia last weekend reiterated calls to the United Nations General Assembly for the lifting of sanctions on neighboring Eritrea. In July, the United Nations chief said he believed the need for UN sanctions against Eritrea will no longer exist following its peace deal with Ethiopia. The Security Council imposed sanctions in 2009 on […]

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Financial independence reform to top A.U. meeting in November

The African Union will hold an extraordinary summit next November in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to focus mainly on the reform of the organization, AU Commission President Moussa Faki Mahamat. The extraordinary summit held last March was dedicated to the African Continental Free Trade Area. Among the major axes of this reform is the financial independence […]

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Orthodox Christians in Ethiopia, Eritrea celebrate discovery of Christ’s Cross

Thousands of Ethiopians and Eritreans had flocked to Meskel Square in Addis Ababa on Wednesday to commemorate the Meskel festival, also known as the Finding of the True Cross on which Jesus was crucified. Ethiopians from across the country — and visitors from around the world — carried yellow daises, wooden crosses and wax candles […]

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Inter-ethnic violence: Deadly clashes hit Ethiopia

A weekend of ethnic violence on the outskirts of Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa left several dead and hundreds displaced, police and officials said. According to local media, a well-organized and ruthless gang prey on residents with knives, stones or iron bars in Ashewa Meda, Burayu, Anfo, Keta and Asko areas of Oromia region. The attacks […]

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