Archive | July, 2011

‘LONE RANGER’ IN ETHIOPIA’S PARLIAMENT UNSETTLED BY GOVERNMENT’S INCOMPETENCE: MP GIRMA SEIFU speaks out on the just adopted budget 

27 Jul

Posted by http://ethiopiaobservatory.wordpress.com/

In an exclusive interview with SAMSON HAILEYESUS, Addis Fortune’s Editor-in-Chief, Girma Seifu, the single opposition member in the 547-seat parliament, representing the opposition party Medrek, shares his views on the Ethiopian economy, the budget, the rising inflation, a possible further devaluation of the Birr and the 12-month performance of the government’s ambitious Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP).

This interview is taken from the Ethiopian English weekly Addis Fortune, 24 July 2011.
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Meles proposes & gets $7 billion program budget for 2011/12: Transparency & accountability quietly fade

26 Jul

Part I

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin

A. The political milieu: Politics, finance & budget & democracy

In a decision that was only one vote short of unanimity, the Ethiopian Parliament in early July swiftly approved the country’s largest ever budget of ETB (Ethiopian Birr) 117.8 billion (about $7 billion) for fiscal year 2011/12. This came through a legislature, where the ruling party enjoys airtight control of the 99.6 percent of the parliament’s decision-making powers. This represents 545 of the 547 seats that it claimed to have bagged in the May 2010 election.
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PROTECTING THE FUTURE FROM THE URGE OF THE NOW & THE IMMEDIATE ~~insights into what spins majority of politicians

14 Jul

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin

Egypt’s perpetuity in martial law

Since the 1952 coup d’état, headed by Maj. General Gamal Abdel Nasser, Egypt has remained under the control of military strongmen—Sadat, Mubarak, now Tantawi. Through the years, crisis in internal political dynamics and external factors, especially the wars with Israel, have favored the continued imposition of national emergency law. Then came the assassination of Sadat, religious fanaticism, terrorism that with the passage of time seemingly created conditions for the Mubarak regime to keep the so much-needed lid on the civil and political rights of Egyptians and justify it its stay in power.
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Latest Meles’s appearance in parliament exposed latter’s unhelpful role in defense of the public’s interests

12 Jul

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin

http://www.ethiopiaobservatory.wordpress.com

12 July 2011*

Why this article now?

Initially, this piece was conceived in my mind as a personal reaction to the 5 July 2011 debate in the Ethiopian parliament at the conclusion of its debate on the 2011-2012 federal budget. I would return to that shortly with some observations, based on experience and career in another piece .

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