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Ethiopia: Oromo, Amhara MPs boycott Parliament

21 Dec

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
(ESAT News) December 20, 2017: Oromo and Amhara MPs representing the Oromo People’s Democratic Organization (OPDO) and the Amhara National Democratic Movement (ANDM) have boycotted the Ethiopian Parliament saying the Prime Minister need to address the ongoing ethnic clashes and political crisis in the country.

The Parliament did not hold its regular session last Thursday and yesterday as the absence of the Oromo and Amhara MPs resulted in a below the quorum attendance. Ethiopian parliament requires 51% attendance to proceed with a regular session.
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U.S. statement following deaths at Chelenko and Ethiopian universities

14 Dec

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
US Embassy, Addis Abeba

We are troubled and saddened by reports of violence that has resulted in deaths and injuries in the town of Chelenko and at several universities over the past two days. We extend our condolences to the families and friends of the victims.

It is important that the Ethiopian government ensure the safety of all Ethiopian citizens, and hold accountable those responsible for violence.

We encourage the people of Ethiopia to uphold their admirable and longstanding tradition of respect for their country’s ethnic diversity and its tradition of peaceful co-existence, and to seek constructive means to raise concerns and resolve their differences.

‘We fear for our lives’: how rumours over sugar saw Ethiopian troops kill

8 Nov

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Tom Gardner in Ambo, The Guardian
It began with a rumour. On 25 October, residents of Ambo, 120km west of the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, heard word on social media that a shipment of smuggled sugar was due to pass through town.

“Sugar is so expensive now, the price has tripled,” explains 18-year-old Israel, a first-year undergraduate at Ambo University. “And they’re exporting it to other parts of the country but the people here don’t have any. It’s not fair.”
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ትልቁ የኢትዮጵያ ‘ፌደራል’ በጀት ድክመቱ፣ገጽታዎቹና ውስብስብ ችግሮቹ

21 Jun

በከፍያለው ገብረመድኅን The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
ለኢትዮጵያ አስተዳደራዊ ሥራ ማስፈጸሚያ በከፍተኛነቱ የመጀመሪያው የሆነውና በ2010 ዓ.ም (2017/18) ተግባራዊ የሚሆነው ብሔራዊ በጀት ብር 320.8 ቢሊዮን ($14 ቢሊዮን) የተመደበለት መሆኑን የፋይናንስና ኤኮኖሚ ሚኒስትሩ ዶ/ር አብርሃም ተከስተ የፓርቲያቸው ብቻ ለሆነው ፓርላማ ለወጉ ረቂቁን እንዲያጸድቅ ሰኔ 1/2009 ማቅረባቸው በሕዝብ መገናኛ ተገልጿል።

የራሱ ውስጣዊ ችግሮቹ እንዳሉ ሆነው፡ ከሕዝባዊው አመጽ ወዲህ የመጀመሪያው የሆነው ይህ በጀት፡ በሕዝብ ቁጣ ወላፈን መለብለቡን በብዙ መልኩ ያሳያል። በተለይም ዛሬ ኤኮኖሚው ካጋጠመው የገንዘብ ችግሮች፣ የዕዳ ጫና፥ የምርቶች መቀነስና፣ የዋጋ ግሽበት አደጋ የኤኮኖሚው ማሽቆልቆ ከድህነት መስፋፋት ሁኔታ፣ ዜጎች በየጊዜው በሚታፈኑባትና ያለፍርድ በሚታሥሩባት እንዲሁም የሃገሪቱ ሰላም በአፈሙዝ ከሚጠበቅበት አንጻር ሲታይ — የበጀቱ አዘጋጆች በዚህ ትንተና ባይስማሙም — እነዚህ ከሃገሪቱ ፊት የተጋረጡ እውነታዎች ናቸው።
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Is Ethiopia one undivided nation of equals, or an exclusive TPLF members playfield, its nepotist policies, including its foreign policy, corrupt & inept, violating the rights of citizens? PART II (b)

5 Aug

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin, The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

This article is a follow-up to the July 29, 2016 piece, under same title, Part II (a).

    In every sense, today the feudal Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) for a while now has been nostalgic. It has been searching for inspiration from a distant era with a view to finding solution that could help it sustain its authoritarian rule over Ethiopia. The savior they have chosen for this is Tigray’s Ras Michael Sehul (1691- 1779), the architect of the Zemene Mesafint (the Era of Princes, 1769 – 1855) in Ethiopian history. As usual, the TPLF leaders have blundered making a bad choice as their example, not that they have ever been good students.
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Is Ethiopia one undivided nation of equals, or an exclusive TPLF members playfield, its nepotist foreign policy corrupt & inept? PART II (a)

29 Jul

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin, The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

“…አሁን ሃገራችን ያለችበት ሁኔታ የሕዝብ አመኔታ በመንግሥት ላይ በጣም ዝቅተኛ የሆነበት፣ በሕዝቦች መሃከል ያለው መቀራረብና መዋደድ የቀነሰበት፣ ጥላቻ እየበረታና በግልፅ እየተነገረ፣ የሕዝቦች የእርስ በርስ መናቆር እንዳይመጣ የሚፈራበት ስለሆነም ውስጣዊ አንድነታችን በጣም የላላበት፣ የመንግሥት መዋቅር የመፈጸም አቅሙ ደካማ የሆነበት፣ ከዚህም የተነሳ ሕዝቡ ተስፋ የቆረጠበት፣ በያካባቢው ፖለቲካዊ ችግሮች ሲነሱ በታጠቀ ኃይል (ፖሊስና መከላከያ) የሚፈታበት፣ ሕዝቡ አሁን የሚታየው ችግር ይፈታል፣ እንዴት ይፈታል እያለ ከፍተኛ ጥርጣሬ ውስጥ የገባበት ሁኔታ ውስጥ ነው ያለነው።”

    – የቀድሞ የጦር ኃይሎች ኤታ ማዦር ሌተና ጄኔራል ፃድቃን ገ/ትንሳኤ
    የሃገራችን ፖለቲካዊ ሁኔታና የመፍትሔ ሃሳቦች
    July 24, 2016

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Tedros Adhanom & foreign policy:   Is Ethiopia one undivided nation of equals, when only TPLF members are decision-makers, filling nation’s important security & diplomatic posts? How so & why? PART I

14 Jul

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin, The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Statement of the problem

Principle-based and clearly laid out foreign policy objectives are a window to the soul of a nation.

On the contrary, when a nation’s foreign policy obscures, or deliberately ignores the strong linkages between peace and stability on the one hand and justice on the other, there is no better indicator than something being terribly wrong at all levels.

For instance, how can one achieve peace in South Sudan that has backslid for the nth time into raw conflicts, in a situation where the very causes of the war are the peacemakers? We all know that the people who have become voiceless in the longest South Sudan tribulations are denied of the justice they deserve. Similarly, one can take the example of Somalia, where society has been under the gun since independence, while for more than two decades now the will of the people has been supplanted by the terrorists.
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US reiterates its concerns about TPLF-led violence in Ethiopia

15 Jan

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

The United States is increasingly concerned by the continued stifling of independent voices in Ethiopia, including the detention of Oromo political party leaders. These arrests have a chilling effect on much needed public consultations to resolve legitimate political grievances in Oromia.

We support the Government of Ethiopia’s December commitment to public consultation with affected communities. For these consultations to be meaningful, all interested parties must be able to express their views freely.

We reaffirm our call on the Ethiopian Government to refrain from silencing dissent and to protect the constitutionally enshrined rights of all citizens, including the right to gather peacefully, to write, and to speak freely as voices of a diverse nation. We call for the release of those imprisoned for exercising their rights, such as political party leaders and journalists.
/State Dept Statement

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