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EU Observers Validate Ethiopian Election with Moderate Recommendations

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 @ 6:11 am

[Use the link at the bottom to download the full report in English or Amharic] EU Observers released their final report on Ethiopian election on Monday. Given the moderateness of the report, it is puzzling why the Ethiopian government refused to host the press conference to release the report, which was held in Brussels rather than in Addis Ababa. [...]

Editor Detained for 15 Days, Activists’ Silence Raises Questions

Friday, November 5, 2010 @ 3:16 am

Editor-in-chief of Ethio-channel newspaper, an Amharic biweekly, released on bail after two weeks in custody. Conspicuously, ‘right activists’ and most media outlets kept silent. Journalist Biruk Mekonen is indicted for defamation charges brought against the newspaper by the All Ethiopian Unity Party(AEUP) [...]

BBC Apologizes for Alleging ‘Aid Spent on Weapons’ [full text]

Thursday, November 4, 2010 @ 6:03 am

BBC apologized today for its unfounded report that alleged millions of pounds raised for famine relief in Ethiopia had been used to buy arms. It took BBC 8 months to investigate and find out that its ‘investigative’ report is baseless. It is to be recalled that in March 2010, and the subsequent days, BBC World Service broadcasted a report concerning the use of western aid for 1985 famine in Ethiopia. [...]

Ethiopia: Minister Abay Tsehaye Doubles as Director-General

Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 3:05 am

The Prime Minister assigned Abay Tsehaye to a new post on Friday. Abay Tsehaye is to head the new giant sugar corporation as a Director-General, Minister with without Portfolio. Though, he is still serving as National Security Advisor to the PM. [...]

Ethiopia: Arkebe, Shiferaw Return as Ministers without Portfolio

Friday, October 29, 2010 @ 3:14 am

Prime Minister Meles Zenawi appointed Arkebe Equbay, Shiferaw Jarso, Neway Gebreab to be his Advisors as Ministers without Portfolio and Tekalegn Mamo as an advisor to Minister of Agriculture with the rank of a State minister on Wednesday, Oct 27/2010. [...]

GHI 2010 – Ethiopia Improves on Hunger Index

Monday, October 25, 2010 @ 12:12 am

Ethiopia's score on Global Hunger Index(GHI) improved from 43.7 in 1990 GHI to 29.8 in 2010 GHI. To meet the Millennium Development Goals, Ethiopia’s GHI score needs to be 21.27 by the year 2015. The change in Ethiopia’s GHI score is a result of the improvements recorded in each of the three indicators in the last two decades. The proportion of undernourished in the population decreased from 71% (in 1990-92) to 44% (in 2004-06). The prevalence of underweight in children under five years decreased 39.2% (in 1988-92) to 34.6% (in 2003-08). The rate of Under five Mortality is reduced from 21% (in 1990) to 10.9% (in 2008). [...]

Ethiopia: 48 State Ministers Appointed

Wednesday, October 20, 2010 @ 2:57 am

Prime Minister Meles Zenawi appointed 48 State Ministers on Tuesday. It is to be recalled that 20 Ministers and 5 Officials with a Ministerial Portfolio were appointed on Oct. 6 & 7. [Read: Who’s Who in the New Cabinet.] Here is the list of the newly appointed State  Ministers. Note that State Ministers are ranked below the Minister and translated into Amharic as ‘‘ሚኒስተር [...]

Dire Dawa Elected a New Mayor [Analysis]

Saturday, October 16, 2010 @ 1:31 am

The Council of Dire Dawa City Administration elected Speakers of the Council, Mayor, and Dep. Mayor to serve for the next two and half years. In its session this morning, the Council elected Biftu Mohammed (SPDP) and Asrat Chala (OPDO) as Speakers and Dep. Speaker of the Council. It also installed Ased Ziad (OPDO) and Harbi Bouh (SPDP) as Mayor and Deputy Mayors of the Administration. The Council [...]
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