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Controversy Over Proposed Ethiopian Law Aiming to Change Capital’s Status

Addis Ababa Master Plan
What’s in the name “Addis Ababa / Finfinne” if it was all about TPLF’s usual clever gimmick to re-implement the Addis Ababa Master Plan by cloaking it in some bogus law about “Oromia’s special interest in Addis Ababa, giving Oromia extensive rights in the capital city”? Folks, it is not about the name; it is about the game. It’s about the TPLF zero-sum game.

BY THE MESSENGER AFRICA

A new law drafted by the Ethiopian Council of Ministers regarding the status of the capital Addis Ababa in late June is sparking debates. The law aims to recognize the largest regional state Oromiya’s special interest over the city as per the country’s constitution. Continue reading Controversy Over Proposed Ethiopian Law Aiming to Change Capital’s Status

Why Ethiopia is Making a Historic ‘Master Plan’ U-turn

The Oromo People Democratic Organization (OPDO) that governs the Oromia region and part of the ruling EPRDF party said it has decided to fully rollback the controversial draft Master Plan in a bid to contain the two month old crisis that resulted in the death of 150 Oromo students and the arrest of thousands.

By Mathias Muindi | for BBC,

A controversial plan by the Ethiopian government to expand the capital, Addis Ababa, is set to be scrapped after a key member of the ruling coalition withdrew its support. The expansion plan sparked deadly violence in the central-southern state of Oromia, which surrounds Addis Ababa.

Rights groups say that at least 150 protesters have died and another 5,000 have been arrested by security forces. Similar protests in May 2014 left dozens of protesters dead.

Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn had vowed on 16 December that his government would be “merciless” towards the protesters, who he described as “anti-peace forces”.  Continue reading Why Ethiopia is Making a Historic ‘Master Plan’ U-turn