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Kenya election official Roselyn Akombe flees to US a week before presidential election re-run

18 Oct

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
BBC News,
 
A senior member of Kenya’s electoral commission (IEBC) has fled to the US amid death threats ahead of next week’s presidential election re-run.

Roselyn Akombe said the IEBC was under political “siege”, unable to reach consensus or take any decisions.
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Ethiopia ‘deliberately blocking’ U.S. Congress resolution on human rights! Does it have such power?

18 Oct

Editor’s Note:

    ‘Deliberately blocking’ is a strong phrase, not applicable to Ethiopia!

    TEO does not believe the repressive ethnic minority TPLF regime in Ethiopia has any power or influence to block a resolution by or any action of the US Congress.

    TEO agrees with Freedom House’s U.S. Congress Should Call Ethiopia’s Bluff. It is an empty noise the senators and Congressmen/women must call its threat to withdraw from security cooperation with the United States for what it is: a mere bluff!
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በኢትዮጵያ የኤች አይ ቪ/ኤድስ ወረርሽኝ ሊባል በሚችል ደረጃ እየተስፋፋ መምጣቱ ተገለፀ

18 Oct

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
 
አዲስ አበባ፣ ጥቅምት 8፣ 2010 (ኤፍ.ቢ.ሲ) በኢትዮጵያ የኤች አይ ቪ/ኤድስ ወረርሽኝ ሊባል በሚችል ደረጃ እየተስፋፋ መምጣቱ ተገለፀ።

በዓመት ከ27 ሺህ በላይ ሰዎች በቫይረሱ ይይዛሉ የተባለ ሲሆን፥ ከ19 ሺህ በላይ ሰዎች ደግሞ በቫይረሱ አማካኝነት ይሞታሉ ነው የተባለው።
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After Kenya’s August 2017 elections: observing the observers

16 Oct

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Aly Verjee*, Pambazuka News
 
Following the historic, unprecedented decision by the Supreme Court to nullify Kenya’s presidential election, which international election observers had largely commended, the credibility of observers, and the practice of observation, was seriously damaged. In this article, Aly Verjee identifies six lessons for international election observers ahead of the re-run of polls planned for 26 October.

The critics

It might be shorter to list those who were not critical of international election observers in Kenya. Following the historic decision of Kenya’s Supreme Court to nullify the August 8 presidential elections, international election observation missions (EOMs) have been pummelled.
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Mogadishu truck bomb: 500 casualties in Somalia’s worst terrorist attack

16 Oct

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Jason Burke, The Guardian
 

The death toll in the bombing that hit the centre of Mogadishu on Saturday continues to rise, with more than 300 people now believed to have been killed and hundreds more seriously injured.

The scale of the loss makes the attack, which involved a truck packed with several hundred kilograms of military-grade and homemade explosives, one of the most lethal terrorist acts anywhere in the world for many years.
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በረከት ስምኦን የንግድ ባንክ ቦርድ ሰብሳቢነትን እንዲያስረክብ ታዘዘ!

15 Oct

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
በሪፖርተር
 

አቶ በረከት ስምኦንንም ሆነ ይናገር ደሴ (ዶ/ር) በዚህ ጉዳይ ላይ ለማነጋገር ጥረት ቢደረግም አልተሳካም። የተቆጣጣሪ ኤጀንሲው ዋና ዳይሬክተር ስንታየሁ ወልደ ሚካኤል ለቀረበላቸው የስልክ ጥያቄ ምላሽ ለመስጠት ፈቃደኛ አልሆኑም።

ላለፉት ሰባት ዓመታት የኢትዮጵያ ንግድ ባንክ የዳይሬክተሮች ቦርድ ሰብሳቢ የነበሩት አቶ በረከት ስምኦን፣ ለብሔራዊ የፕላን ኮሚሽነሩ ይናገር ደሴ (ዶ/ር) ሊያስረክቡ ነው።

በመንግሥት የፋይናንስ ተቋማት ተቆጣጣሪ ኤጀንሲ ዋና ዳይሬክተር ስንታየሁ ወልደ ሚካኤል (ዶ/ር) ሐሙስ ጥቅምት 2 ቀን 2010 ዓ.ም. በተጻፈ ደብዳቤ፣ የአቶ በረከት የቦርድ ሰብሳቢነት እንዲያበቃ ተደርጓል፡፡ ኃላፊነታቸውን የሚያስረክቡበት ምክንያት ግን አልተገለጸም።
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Ethiopia parliament speaker says TPLF ‘disrespect’ made him quit

15 Oct

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by AFP
 

“I resigned because my peoples and party were disrespected,” he said. “However, I will struggle to bring the necessary respect and do the best I can for Oromo people to gain their rights.”

The speaker of Ethiopia’s lower house of parliament, who resigned last week, said Saturday that he quit because of “disrespect” of his ethnic group.

Abadula Gemeda, a member of the Oromos, the country’s largest ethnic group, announced last Sunday that he was stepping down after seven years as speaker of the House of People’s Representatives.
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ኢትዮጵያ በመስቀለኛ መንገድ ላይ?

13 Oct

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
BBC አማርኛ
 

“ሥርዓቱ ይሆናል እንጂ አገር አትበታተንም”

“ራስን በራስ የማስተዳደር መብት አልተሰጠም፤ አሁንም ለይምሰል ነው እንጂ ለሥርዓቱ ታማኝ የሆኑ ሰዎች ከላይ በማስቀመጥ በተዘዋዋሪ አሃዳዊ በሆነ መልኩ በጠመንጃ የሚተዳደሩበት ሥርዓት ነው።”

 — የመድረክ ምክትል ሊቀ-መንበርና የህዝብ ግንኙነት ኃላፊ አቶ ሙላቱ ገመቹ

“ስልጣን አሁንም በማዕከላዊው መንግሥት ቁጥጥር ስር ነው፤ ፌደራል መንግሥቱ ስልጣንንም ሆነ ሀብትን በቁጥጥር ስር አድርጎ ለማከፋፈልም ሆነ በጋራ ለመጠቀም ዝግጁ አይደለም። ይኼ አካሄድ ደግሞ ለሥርዓቱ ትልቅ ጠንቅ ነው፡፡ የአንድን አገር ህልውና ለመጠበቅ ኃይል ብቻውን በቂ አይደለም።”

 — ጆን ማርካኪስ

“ኢህአዴግ ‘ትምክህተኞችና ጠባቦች’ እያለ በጠላትነት የሚፈርጃቸው ወገኖች ጊዜና ፋታ እየጠበቁ ጥያቄ ማንሳታቸውን አያቆሙም…ችግሩም ያለው ከጠያቂዎቹ አይደለም፤ ከመላሹ እንጂ።”

 — ጀነራል አበበ ተክለሃይማኖት (ጆቤ)
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