The Ethiopian government on Friday announced a ban on protest rallies across the country, the state-owned ENA reports. The move according to the authorities is part of a national security plan aimed at consolidating peace and stability in the country.
According to ESAT, protests by small business owners, which began last week in Addis Ababa and parts of Oromia, have spread to towns in the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ (SNNP) region.
The protests are against new taxes being imposed on businesses with annual turnover of up to Etb100,000 ($4,300). The revised Income Tax Proclamation, which came into effect on July 7 (the start of the fiscal year), saw tax collectors estimating the turnover of small businesses (such as roadside hairdressers and coffee vendors), with some entrepreneurs complaining that the estimates were as much as 10 times their actual daily sales figures. Continue reading Ethiopia Anti-tax Protests Spread→
Egyptian groups are supporting banned Ethiopian opposition groups, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said on Wednesday..
Speaking before parliament a day before the formation of new government, Desalegn said that Addia Ababa has made “important contacts” with Cairo and demanded clarifications about the involvement of some Egyptian bodies in supporting banned opposition groups in the country.