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Ethiopia’s leading opposition figure warns of unrest if dialogue fails

25 Jan

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by AFP

“A country of 100 million, is too big, too big for one group. That is clear to everybody, I think including to them, those who lead us [ethnic minority regime],” Merera said.

“Really, controlling state power should not be the end of the world. They should see life after that.”

Burayu – Ethiopia’s government needs to hold negotiations with the country’s most-popular opposition parties or risk the return of destabilising protests, veteran dissident Merera Gudina said in an interview, days after leaving prison.

Recently released Merera Gudina, OFC Chair (AFP)

A cause celebre for opponents of Ethiopia’s government during his time behind bars, Merera is the only prominent opposition politician to be freed since Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn announced earlier this month that his administration would release an unspecified number of the many dissidents jailed in the country.
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Much-needed comfort in these sad & dark days: Lesson for TPLF

9 Mar

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

The cow thanks the child for taking care of it during its life. It blesses the boy to be be safe from Woyane bullets!

This above picture is courtesy of Abbas Dini
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Sudan is hungry for change, but who will take on Omar al-Bashir?

8 Dec

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by David Smith

    “The regime has many critics but a fragmented opposition and harsh crackdowns by the state have left a revolution in need of a leader.”


    “We really need a consensus on who would replace this government and that, I must admit, is not on the table at the moment. People do not want to go out and die like lambs. People would rather go out and die for the future of their children and grandchildren. They need some sort of security of vision – otherwise it’s just massacres.”

    – Dr Amin Mekki Medani, 72, a human rights lawyer and president of the Confederation of Sudanese Civil Society Organisations

On a balmy evening in Khartoum, waiters glided across a clipped, floodlit lawn to serve a well-heeled crowd canapés of chicken, salmon and shrimp. It was the opening night of a film festival and, after some turgid speeches, guests gathered under the stars to watch a biopic of Patrice Lumumba, the Congolese independence fighter who overthrew a brutal and despotic regime.
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Salafist party quits political process to protest shooting of Islamists

8 Jul

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory

The Nour Party has announced that it “will withdraw from the political process” after clashes between the army and pro -Morsi protesters at dawn on Monday left 42 dead.

“We will not be silent over the massacre that took place in front the Republican guard today,” Nader Bakar, the party spokesperson wrote on his Facebook page.

“We wanted to avoid bloodshed, but now blood has spilled. So now we want to announce that we will end all negotiations with the new authorities.”

The Nour Party was one of the signatories on the roadmap that head of Egyptian Armed Forces Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi announced on Wednesday in which he removed former president Mohamed Morsi from power.

Pro-Morsi protesters have been camping outside the Republican Guard headquarters in Cairo’s Nasr City for several days to demand the return of Morsi to power.

Source: Ahram Online

World Bank ignores protestors’ pleas and approves loans for Kenya-Ethiopia power line

13 Jul

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin

Possible image of wiring along the Ethio-Kenya landscape

Notwithstanding the protests over financing of power project between Ethiopia and Kenya, known as the Eastern Electricity Highway Project, the World Bank went ahead on Thursday and approved loans totaling $684 million.

Its opponents fear it would threaten the lives of indigenous peoples of the Omo Valley and the Lake Turkana area.
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