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Ethiopia: Army to Take Over Security in Troubled South

Ethiopia says a command post led by soldiers and federal police will take over security in the south, where “the regular security structure has been unable to ensure rule of law.”

BY AFP

Ethiopia announced Monday that soldiers and federal police will take over security in a restive southern region following days of violence that has left at least 18 people dead.

“The regular security structure has been unable to ensure rule of law and has been stymied by various agendas,” said a statement read on regional state television late Monday. Continue reading Ethiopia: Army to Take Over Security in Troubled South

Ethiopia Re-arrests Recently Freed Politicians, Activists Over Flag Display

The military command post re-arrest 12 opposition activists, journalists, and bloggers including previously freed detainees, for displaying Ethiopia’s (not EPRDF) flag

The military administration in Ethiopia has arrested several prominent dissidents, some of whom were released from prison just weeks earlier, for gathering en masse in violation of the state of emergency rule and displaying the “wrong” Ethiopia flag.

BY DANIEL MUMBERE | AFRICA NEWS

The Ethiopian government is being blasted by human rights and press freedom activists after it rearrested bloggers and opposition leaders that it had released a few weeks ago.

Andualem Aragie, leader of Ethiopian opposition UDJ party, journalists Eskinder Nega and Temesgen Desalegn, bloggers Befeqadu Hailu and Zelalem Workagegnehu were arrested on Sunday during a celebration organized for all the political prisoners released recently. Continue reading Ethiopia Re-arrests Recently Freed Politicians, Activists Over Flag Display

Ethiopia: Diplomatic Community Concerned as the Political Crisis Intensifies

Suspension of the constitution, ruling by a military command post, infighting and division within the ruling EPRDF, a vacuum in the leadership position, violence, displacement of citizens, indiscriminate killings of civilians,  etc… are creating a distress for the western diplomats residing in the capital.

BY ENGIDU WOLDIE | ESAT NEWS

The diplomatic community in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa expressed concern over the political turmoil as well as the crisis within the ruling EPRDF while a TPLF diplomat insists they should not worry about the situation and told them to “just calm down and do their job.” Continue reading Ethiopia: Diplomatic Community Concerned as the Political Crisis Intensifies

The Crisis of Leadership and Legitimacy within Ethiopia’s TPLF Minority Regime

Leadership crisis has shaken the house of the minority TPLF regime in Ethiopia. This regime will not only be gone with the wind, it shall inherit the wind!

BY NETSANET BULTO

Ever since the death of the late TPLF chairman and Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi, the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) has lacked a similarly dominant personality able to maintain consensus, either thru charisma, intrigue, or both.

This condition has given rise within the TPLF to internal divisions and animosities. Abay Woldu, the current president of the regional state of Tigray, holds the chairmanship of the party. But he does not wield the power, nor command the respect the late Meles used to held. This leadership vacuum has led to an intense, internal power struggle within the TPLF. Stories from multiple and credible sources abound to this effect. Continue reading The Crisis of Leadership and Legitimacy within Ethiopia’s TPLF Minority Regime

What’s it Like Living in a State of Emergency

You really cannot imagine what it’s like to live under the state of emergency just by reading about it on newspapers.

Welcome to the banana republic of Ethiopia.

BY SEIF MAGANGO | DAILY NATION

My three days in Addis Ababa recently felt like a step back in time. As part of my day job, I keep abreast of developments in Ethiopia, so I thought I knew the true extent of the restrictions the people there have to endure every day, especially since a state of emergency was imposed last October. Continue reading What’s it Like Living in a State of Emergency

Apartheid State of Emergency in Ethiopia 2.0

The TPLF has been riding the Ethiopian tiger for over a quarter of a century. It can try and prolong its ride by a State of Emergency decree or by dividing the people along ethnic, religious, linguistic, regional and other lines. Ultimately, though, it will be dismounted by hook or crook. There, it will be looking at the sparkling eyes, gleaming teeth and pointy nails of one big hu(a)ngry tiger! That day is fast coming!

BY Prof. AL MARIAM

On October 9, 2016, the puppet prime minister (PPM) of the Thugtatorship of the Tigrean People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) Hailemariam announced a “state of emergency” (SoE) in a 20-minute televised statement.

The PPM argued “anti-peace elements”, allied with foreign forces, had incited strife and undermined the peace and stability in the country. He claimed “anti-peace elements” had destroyed private and government property and waged economic boycotts. He asserted extreme measures were necessary to deal with an extreme emergency. Curiously, he emphatically assured that the SoE will not violate fundamental human rights. The PPM further promised deep and extensive governance reforms and pledged to re-engage opposition parties and civic society organizations in a broader dialogue “to expand and deepen our democracy.” Continue reading Apartheid State of Emergency in Ethiopia 2.0

The Slow Death of a Civilian Government and the Rise of a Military Might in Ethiopia

With the state of emergency declared all over the country, the governing structure is in crisis and what remains intact is a politically connected, heavily armed and economically powerful military.

Beneath the surface, it’s all guns and armors.

By Addis Standard,

To the media’s keen observation, the immediate cause that triggered Ethiopia’s recent nose-dive into the unknown began when, on November 12, 2015, the residents of Ginchi, a small town some 80 Kms South West of the Capital Addis Abeba, took to the streets demanding authorities in Oromia regional state, the largest and most populated regional states to which Ginchi is a part, to halt a move to give a football pitch to private investors.

What followed was a year-long incessant public protest against the ruling EPRDF at a scale never seen in its quarter-century rule. It was unprecedented in many ways than few, but something that the government thought would be easily put down using brutal interventions both by the region’s and the federal’s security apparatus. That was until the hitherto region-wide protests, dubbed #OromoProtests, were joined, nine months later, by yet another unparalleled anti-government protest in the north, home to the Amhara regional state, the second largest regional state in the federated Ethiopia, and was dubbed #AmharaProtests. Continue reading The Slow Death of a Civilian Government and the Rise of a Military Might in Ethiopia

Eritrea and Egypt Presidents Agree on Activating Joint Committee

By Masraway.com*,

President Abdel Fattah al- Sisi received on Tuesday at the Federal Palace, Isaias Afwerki, President of Eritrea, who is on a working visit to Egypt.

Ambassador Alaa Youssef, spokesman for the presidency, said that President Sisi welcomed the Eritrean counterpart, stressing the importance of developing bilateral relations with Eritrea at all levels in the light of the distinguished historical relations between the two countries. Continue reading Eritrea and Egypt Presidents Agree on Activating Joint Committee