GENERAL SEARE’S LAST MOMENTS

The story began like this. According to a close family of General Seare Mekonnen, on 22 June Saturday around 7pm, the Commander in Chief of the Ethiopian Army was rushing home from his office to meet one of his friends waiting for him at his villa house located at the back of Desalgne Hotel around…

A SPRING IN THE HORN: MASS PROTEST AND TRANSITIONS IN SUDAN AND ETHIOPIA

Rashid Abdi, For Addis Standard Two mass protest movements have, in quick succession, forced regime changes in Sudan and Ethiopia, two of the Horn of Africa’s quintessential “hard” states. A deep-seated disillusion with the security and developmental states drives the new “revolutionary” mood. What is less clear is where all the ferment and the popular…

ETHIOPIA ALLOWS TAX FREE IMPORTS OF AGRICULTURAL MECHANIZATION, IRRIGATION AND ANIMAL FEED TECHNOLOGIES

The Ministry of Finance (MoF) approved the imports of agricultural mechanization, irrigation and animal feed technologies, and equipment to be tax-free. The Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA) in close collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) initiated the tax reform policy by conducting a cost-benefit analysis and identified and listed the equipment to be imported…

How Amharic unites – and divides – Ethiopia

The emperors made us speak one language to bring us together. It failed, but it also succeeded. This is the fifth article in the seven-part series Living In Translation about language and identity. They are guest edited by Nanjala Nyabola and will be published across this week. See all the articles published so far here.  Like most African…

10TH ORGANIZATIONAL CONFERENCE OF SPDP UNDERWAY; AHMED SHIDE, MUSTEFA OMER LIKELY THE NEXT CHAIRMAN, DEPUTY CHAIRMAN OF THE PARTY

Hayalnesh Gezahegn Addis Abeba, April 01/2019 – The 10th organizational conference of the Somali People’s Democratic Party (SPDP) underway in Jigjiga city, the capital of Somali regional state. The conference began with preliminary panel discussion on various topics on Sunday March 31 and is expected to last until Wednesday April 03/2019. This is SPDP’s first major…

PUTTING HUMPTY DUMPTY TOGETHER AGAIN: THE RESTORATION OF EPRDF?

Kjetil Tronvoll (@KjetilTronvoll), For Addis Standard The Ethiopian government, and its regional states’ authorities, are increasingly facing challenges to enforce order and security control over the territory of the federation. Several areas are allegedly not administratively ‘connected’ to the center, but run by local groupings who have either kicked out or breached with the party…

Mengistu Hailemariam is interested to return home after decades long exile

Mengistu’s Oromo father, Haile Mariam Wolde Ayana, was born in Furii, the then 8 km west of Addis Ababa (now in Addis Ababa due to the city’s growth). He was in the service of the Shewan landowner Afenegus Eshete Geda, who had encountered him while he was on a hunting expedition in the administrative district of Gimira and Maji, then under the…

IN-DEPTH ANALYSIS: CAN ETHIOPIA MAKE THE TRANSIT TO STABILITY?

Mehari Taddele Maru, For Addis Standard –@DrMehari  Addis Abeba, March 05/2019 – This has been an eventful year for Ethiopia’s politics. Under Abiy Ahmed Ali, who became Prime Minister in April 2018, the government has eased its previous authoritarian stance on various central issues. A national state of emergency imposed by Abiy’s predecessor has been lifted…

The Commemorative Statue of Emperor Haile Selassie will be Unveiled at AU Headquarters

At a press conference held earlier this morning Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson, Mr. Nebiat Getachew briefed the media on current trending agendas regarding the successful completion of the 15th Ethio-Djibouti Joint Ministerial Commission meeting, Ethiopian returnees from #Saudi Arabia, the upcoming official visit of the President of #Guinea H.E Alpha Conde, Estonia’s President H.E. Kersti Kaljulaid, and H.E….

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