INSIDE ETHIOPIA’S TRIAL OF GRAND CORRUPTION. WHO IS ACCUSED OF WHAT?

Mahlet Fasil and Yared Tsegaye The last ten days inside the Federal high court Lideta branch, 10th criminal bench have seen the continued trial of dozens of individuals suspected of grand corruption involving former officials the army operated Metals and Engineering Corporation (MeTEC). Here is what went down the court room.  Police receives extra days…

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PURSUING TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE AND RECONCILIATION IN ETHIOPIA’S HYBRID TRANSITION

Solomon A Dersso, PhD, Addis Abeba, December 14/2018 – Addressing the topic of transitional justice and reconciliation in today’s Ethiopia is perhaps one of, if not, the most difficult one. Transitions, which are characterized by political and institutional fluidity and societal polarization, by their very nature, are complicated and challenging. They as such make justice and…

AT LEAST A DOZEN CIVILIANS KILLED BY ARMY INSIDE BEKELE MOLLA HOTEL IN MOYALE

Sources reaching out to Addis Standard say a deadly shooting involving the federal army which took place inside the Bekele Molla Hotel in Moyale city has claimed the lives of at least a dozen civilians. According to the information sent by sources, the incident happened during talks between regional security forces, representatives of the two warring factions…

THE CLAMOR FOR OWN STATE IN ETHIOPIA: ILL-TIMED

Zemelak Ayitenew Ayele, for Addis Standard Several ethnic communities (Nations and nationalities in the parlance of the FDRE Constitution) of the SNNPRS are clamoring to secede from the region and establish their own state using the clause under Article 47(2) of the FDRE Constitution. The zonal councils of Guraghe, Sidama, Kaffa, and Gamo communities, among…

PM Abiy Ahmed Among The Most Influential African In 2018

News Africa Magazine a London based monthly magazine picked Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed as the most influential African in the year 2018. The magazine picked 100 influential Africans in the year 2018 and unlike the previous list this time more Ethiopians made it to the list. PM Abiy Ahmed sweeping reforms in rebranding Ethiopia image…

MORE COULD BE BETTER: ETHIOPIA’S FEDERALISM AND NEW STATES

Belachew Mekuria (PhD), for Addis Standard In post-cold war East Africa, two contradictory yet concurrent events – integration and disintegration of states – are in the making. While in neighboring Ethiopia and Sudan we had witnessed two countries becoming four (Ethiopia, Eritrea, South Sudan and Republic of Sudan), other five East African nations – Burundi,…

ETHIOPIA PREPARING NEW BILL TO CURB HATE SPEECH

Yared Tsegaye Akin to the recently introduced national motto in all government offices and beyond, “Ethiopia, a New Horizon of Hope”, which brings a single page (dashboard) of 100 days plan, the Office of Attorney General is preparing a draft bill aiming to curb hate speech and bring accountability towards public speeches and every other…

FULL TEXT OF THE JOINT DECLARATION BETWEEN PM ABIY AND PRESIDENT MACRON

Addis Abeba, October 30/2018  – At the invitation of H. E. Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, H. E. Dr. Abiy Ahmed, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, made a working visit to France on October 29, 2018. Taking into account the bonds of friendship between Ethiopia and France, both leaders…

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