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Ethiopia: Who and What is Behind the Oromia Crisis

Ethiopia’s transition has been a source of hope for many but the Oromia crisis highlights that the path ahead will be fraught.
In Ethiopia, opposition activists accuse Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government of trying to reassert central control over Oromia and dismissing their campaign for cultural rights and linguistic rights – at stake is the future of the country’s proclaimed system of ethnic federalism. (Photo: Mulugeta Ayene, AP)

BY BEKELE BIRHANU | THE AFRICA REPORT

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed came to power heralding an era of change, openness, and freedom. His ascent to power in Ethiopia, the second-most populous country in Africa, was welcomed by all those who desired change. Continue reading Ethiopia: Who and What is Behind the Oromia Crisis

Oromo Singer Death Exposed an Unlikely Anti-Abiy Alliance

Some Oromo nationalists have openly embraced the TPLF, a group that has a long history of oppressing Oromo rights and freedoms. Their unlikely alliance is nothing but an insult to the legacy of the thousands of Oromo youth who lost their lives in the struggle against TPLF oppression.

BY YOHANNES GEDAMU | AL JAZEERA

Ethiopia has returned to normal after weeks of ethnic violence and unrest triggered by the June 29 murder of the revered Oromo singer, Hachalu Hundessa.

On July 10, Ethiopian authorities said they arrested two suspects over the killing. Both the capital, Addis Ababa, and the surrounding Oromia region – the Oromo homeland which became an epicenter of violence following the tragic murder – have returned to calm. Internet services that were shut off on the day of the killing to prevent further escalation of violence have also been reinstated. Continue reading Oromo Singer Death Exposed an Unlikely Anti-Abiy Alliance

Ethiopia: Troops Deployed After 80 Killed in Protests

Troops on Addis Ababa streets as political tensions erupt over Haacaaluu death and wider Oromo claims

“We had a meeting with the community, and we were told to arm ourselves with anything we have, including machetes and sticks. We no longer trust the police to protect us, so we have to prepare ourselves” – Addis Ababa resident. (Photo: Tiksa Negeri/Reuters)

BY ALJAZEERA

The military was deployed in the Ethiopian capital on Wednesday as armed gangs roamed neighbourhoods in the second day of unrest that claimed more than 80 lives. Popular musician Haacaaluu Hundeessaa was shot dead on Monday in what police said was a targeted killing. Continue reading Ethiopia: Troops Deployed After 80 Killed in Protests

Killing of Oromo Singer Sparks Ethiopia Unrest

The assassination of a prominent Oromo musician, Haacaaluu Hundeessaa, sparks anger and unrest in Oromia region and other parts of Ethiopia.

BY TESFANEWS*

Youths enraged by the killing of a popular Oromo musician Haacaaluu Hundeessaa burned tyres in Ethiopia’s capital as unrest start to spread in other cities.

In Adama, 90km south-east of Addis Ababa, five people died after being shot during demonstrations and 75 others were injured, hospital chief executive Dr. Mekonnin Feyisa told BBC Afaan Aromo. Continue reading Killing of Oromo Singer Sparks Ethiopia Unrest

Jawar Mohammed Announced to Run for Office

Jawar Mohammed, a former ally turned foe of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, says he is running for office in the upcoming 2020 Election.

BY AFP

Jawar Mohammed, a former ally turned foe of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, told AFP on Saturday he would join the race for a 2020 election to ensure that it is “free and fair”. Continue reading Jawar Mohammed Announced to Run for Office

PM Abiy Defends Response to Ethnic Clashes

Death toll from recent protests rises to 86

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said the death toll from recent protests had risen to 86 and urged citizens to resist forces threatening to impede the country’s progress.

BY AFP

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Sunday pushed back against portrayals of his government as weak and timid in the face of recent unrest that left more than 80 people dead.

Protests against Abiy, this year’s Nobel Peace Prize laureate, erupted in Addis Ababa and in Ethiopia’s Oromia region on October 23 after a high-profile activist accused security forces of trying to orchestrate an attack against him — a claim police denied. Continue reading PM Abiy Defends Response to Ethnic Clashes

The Threat of Intraethnic Strife in Ethiopia

Consensus has to be established first within ethnic groups before national unity can be achieved in Ethiopia.

BY ADEM K ABEBE (PHD) | AL JAZEERA

When news broke of an alleged attempt to remove the security detail of Oromo activist and media mogul Jawar Mohammed, hundreds of his supporters flocked to his residence in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital and capital of the Oromia region. Continue reading The Threat of Intraethnic Strife in Ethiopia

Activist Jawar Mohammed may Challenge Ethiopian PM in the 2020 Election

Jawar Mohammed’s comments come as Oromia police commissioner says death toll in two days of protests stands at 67.

“I want to have an active role in the 2020 election. In what capacity? I’ve not decided yet” – Jawar Mohammed.

BY AL JAZEERA

Prominent activist and media entrepreneur Jawar Mohammed has said he might challenge Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in elections planned for next year, accusing him of resorting “to the early signs of dictatorship”. Continue reading Activist Jawar Mohammed may Challenge Ethiopian PM in the 2020 Election