Tigrayan People Losing Confidence in Ethiopian Federal System - DebretsionJune 13, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- The Tigrayan people have been under constant attack since Abiy Ahmed was elected Prime Minister more than a year ago, says Dr. Debretsion Gebremichael, the Deputy Chief Administrator of Tigray. In the interview, Dr. Debretsion all but condemned effort by central authorities to undermine Tigray. The deliberate attack on our people is pushing the people of Tigray to lose confidence in the federal or kilil system, he remarked. Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegne should be questioned first before Getachew Assefa is questioned, he said. The Tigrayan regional government has been increasing detaching itself from federal affairs for some time now.
June 13, 2019 07:35 UTC
A 21-year-old young mother is a real inspiration for those who always find excuses from either doing their work or study. A young Ethiopian woman has received praises from across the globe not for becoming the youngest mother but for her dedication towards her goal. Well, it’s her sincerity and dedication towards her academics that made her appear for the exam even after going through labor pain. This motivational story came to light when the picture of this young lady writing the paper on her hospital bed appeared on social media. As per the reports, Almaz appeared for her secondary school exam which was rescheduled owing to Ramzan.
June 13, 2019 06:11 UTC
Giant dam and irrigated sugar plantations mean people in lower Omo valley face starvation and conflict, says US thinktankState projects leave tens of thousands of lives in the balance in Ethiopia – studyA giant dam and irrigated sugar plantations are “wreaking havoc” in southern Ethiopia and threaten to wipe out tens of thousands of indigenous peoples , a US-based thinktank has claimed. Photograph: Charlie RosserIn May, the Guardian visited a “villagisation” site – Napusmoria, in the South Omo district of Nyangatom – and spoke to villagers whose accounts echoed the report’s claims. “But apart from some food at the start there was nothing.”This is Oakland’s fourth report on South Omo. Other international groups such as Human Rights Watch and Survival International have also condemned the government for abuses in South Omo in the past. “However, financial bottlenecks, political pressure, and above all the government’s vision of development seem to have prevented a change of course.”Despite criticism, Abiy’s administration has pledged to finalise the sugar projects.
June 13, 2019 06:00 UTC
An Ethiopian woman is being hailed as the real ‘Wonder Woman’ for appearing in an exam just 30 minutes after giving birth to a boy. Many dubbed the 21-year-old as ‘Wonder Woman’. She took English, Amharic and Maths secondary school exams in the hospital on Monday and will sit her remaining tests at the exam centre over the next few days. "Because I was rushing to sit the exam, my labour wasn't difficult at all," Almaz told BBC Afaan Oromoo. She said she was pleased with how the exams went and her baby son is doing well.
June 13, 2019 06:00 UTC
Stores and restaurants reopened on Wednesday in Khartoum, after Sudan’s protest leaders decided to end the civil disobedience launched after the army’s brutal crackdown. The move they say is to resume talks with the ruling generals. Despite the reopening of some shops, many residents prefer to remain at home due to deployment of heavily armed security forces. Talks between the two sides were suspended on May 20, with each side seeking to lead the future body that would lead the transition for three years. A campaign of civil disobedience was launched to put pressure on the ruling generals, after the repression started with the bloody dispersion on June 3.
June 13, 2019 04:52 UTC
Nelson woman Gael Gordon has been involved with organising an international beach clean up in honour of Sarah Auffret on what would have been her birthday - June 16. The Ruby Bay event is one of more than 60 beach cleanups being organised around the world. The last time Nelson woman Gael Gordon and Sarah Auffret were together, they were picking up rubbish in remote parts of the Arctic. This weekend, Gordon has organised a beach clean up in Ruby Bay to remember Auffret, who died after in the Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed shortly after take off From Addis Ababa on March 10. Following her death, Auffret's friends across the globe have joined forces to organise beach clean up events in her honour.
June 13, 2019 01:18 UTC
Before the meetings, the State Department said Nagy was going to urge the parties to work toward an environment conducive to the resumption of negotiations. The United States also Wednesday named veteran diplomat Donald Booth as its envoy to Sudan. “We have informed the Ethiopian prime minister that we refuse to have direct negotiations with the transitional military council,” said Madani Abbas Madani, a leader of the Declaration of Freedom and Change Forces. The military council has been bolstered by support from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which between them have offered $3 billion in aid. As authorities tried to disperse the main protest site last week, he tweeted: “No excuse for any such attack.
June 13, 2019 00:56 UTC
Tigray was deliberately targeted for an attack and have developed sentiment for secession from Ethiopia. “It is us [a reference to his party, Tigray People’s Liberation Front and leaders] who are engaging the people to push the idea that we can struggle together from within. Otherwise, people are thinking about secession… an open deliberate attack in opened on the people of Tigray. Members of an opposition party in Tigray, however, accuse TPLF leaders including Debretsion that the organization has been working to create a sense of secession in Tigray and to weaken Ethiopia. Abraha Desta, leader of Arena Tigray – an ethnic Tigray opposition party – in a Facebook post says that TPLF worked on secessionist sentiment in Tigray so as to enhance TPLF’s importance as bargaining power.
June 13, 2019 00:00 UTC
Before the meetings, the State Department said Nagy was going to urge the parties to work toward an environment conducive to the resumption of negotiations. The United States also on Wednesday named veteran diplomat Donald Booth as its envoy to Sudan. After meeting Nagy, the main opposition coalition said that it would only participate in indirect talks and it would impose other conditions. "We have informed the Ethiopian prime minister that we refuse to have direct negotiations with the transitional military council," said Madani Abbas Madani, a leader of the Declaration of Freedom and Change Forces. The military council has been bolstered by support from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which between them have offered $3 billion in aid.
June 12, 2019 21:56 UTC
Image Credit: APKhartoum: The United States Wednesday named a special envoy to Sudan to find a “peaceful” solution between demonstrators and generals, as protest leaders demanded “international guarantees” for implementing any agremeent reached with the army rulers. Diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis — triggered by the June 3 crackdown on protesters — got a boost as Washington nominated experienced Africa hand Donald Booth as a special envoy to Sudan to help craft a “peaceful political solution” between the generals and protesters. Booth, who previously has served as special envoy to Sudan and South Sudan, was already in Khartoum along with Assistant Secretary of State for Africa Affairs Tibor Nagy to “engage with the parties,” State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said. They are later scheduled to visit Addis Ababa to discuss the Sudan crisis with Ethiopian leaders and the African Union. Sudan has been led by a military council since the generals ousted Al Bashir on April 11 after months of nationwide protests against his three decade rule.
June 12, 2019 21:11 UTC
Ethiopian Airlines has launched three weekly flights to New York's John F Kennedy (JFK) International Airport. The airline said the new flights to New York will make stopovers in Abidjan, Ivory Coast (West Africa). Ethiopian currently operates four other weekly flights to Newark, via Lome (Togo). The launch comes at a time when Kenya Airways plans to increase its flights to seven days a week on the route. The new service to JFK Airport increases the number of Ethiopian Airlines flights to North America to 24.
June 12, 2019 21:11 UTC
ADDIS ABABA: Ethiopia could require as much as $2.2 billion to modernise its creaking, overburdened telecoms sector, a senior government official told Reuters on Wednesday. "The need for (telecoms) infrastructure investment is huge," State Minister of Finance Eyob Tekalign Tolina said in an interview. "We have said clearly that public investment has run out of steam. We are not going to do unsustainable public investment. "Our vision is to see Ethio Telecom to start taking loans without necessarily requiring the government sovereign guarantee ... (bringing) Ethio Telecoms to the level of Ethiopian Airlines in terms of the credit rating," he said, referring to the state-run carrier, which has become a major African success story.
June 12, 2019 18:33 UTC
"By this time next year, we hope that many Ethiopians will be using different SIM cards," he said. There's an opportunity to be market dominant," said one company executive.A new telecoms regulator will issue the licences, but this institution has not yet been set up. "We need a credible, robust, unambiguous roadmap for the next two years," said another executive. "We've reviewed global experiences, the best and worst. We are a late comer in this so we can learn from what others did wrong and right," he said.
June 12, 2019 18:33 UTC
Its decision reflected a growing desire for the protest leaders and the ruling military council to avoid a further escalation, after a week of violence. The statement added that all previous deals between the generals and protest leaders, despite the break in talks earlier this month, have been restored. In Khartoum, Nagy and Booth will "call for a cessation of attacks against civilians and urge parties" to resume talks. She said the protest leaders hoped that the Ethiopian initiative, backed by the U.S., would lead to a hand over of power to civilians. The experts, appointed by the U.N. Human Rights Council, called for an independent investigation into violations against peaceful protesters in Sudan.
June 12, 2019 18:32 UTC
Its decision reflected a growing desire for the protest leaders and the ruling military council to avoid a further escalation, after a week of violence. The statement added that all previous deals between the generals and protest leaders, despite the break in talks earlier this month, have been restored. In Khartoum, Nagy and Booth will “call for a cessation of attacks against civilians and urge parties” to resume talks. She said the protest leaders hoped that the Ethiopian initiative, backed by the U.S., would lead to a hand over of power to civilians. The experts, appointed by the U.N. Human Rights Council, called for an independent investigation into violations against peaceful protesters in Sudan.
June 12, 2019 18:22 UTC