Opinion

Can the Prime Minister, by himself, Nominate ‘Persons’ for Candidacy for ‘Ministerial Posts’ for Approval to the Parliament under the FDRE Constitution?

(Zeray Weldesenbet) Does the prime minister have the authority to select persons for candidacy for ‘ministerial posts’ to the House of Peoples Representatives for approval under the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Constitution? The question of the power…

Reforms by the Ruling Party

(Engineer Magertu Regassa) Since the demise of the Dergue regime in 1983 EC, we Ethiopians have been witnessing heartening developments in virtually everything and in the country as a whole. Some of the benefits that we have been…

A Revolutionary Leader within a Revolutionary Democracy

Dr. Abiy Ahmed is now there as democratically elected PM for all of us as peoples of the nation. Being young (early 40’s), educated, energetic, ethno-nationalist, Dr. Abiy will hopefully perform according to the very interests of all…

Anticipation, as the ruling party selects the next Prime Minister of Ethiopia

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(Hafsa Mohamed) Hailemariam Desalegn, the outgoing Prime Minister of Ethiopia, unexpectedly resigned last month amid civil unrest in the country -- implying the decision to stepdown a significant step towards effectual political reform and sustainable peace. Following the…

Discoloring the Color-Revolution

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It is common to see various purposeful revolutions around the world. They mostly happen when governments are not doing to the best interest of their people or some category of their societies. People usually demonstrate peacefully for supporting…

President Abdi mobilizes for inclusive governance

(Hafsa Mohamed) Leadership is a responsibility -- not an opportunity nor a privilege -- which requires the productive internalization of the inputs and judgements of different individuals and groups, whether supportive or not. Administrations often rid-off or distance…

The menace of state capture in the current Ethiopian politics? 

(Ezana Ze Axum) I am not a politician, but I believe I am a political animal as everyone does. I think all of us – as the member of the social community – whether knowingly or unknowingly, voluntary…

Time for the Status quo to be transcended or to die: A War of Orientations

(Hayelom) Even though the political objectives that are aimed to be achieved in this current chaotic political situation of the country are diverse in nature and do not have distinct patterns, the mechanisms that are being utilized have…

On the State of Emergency Voting Rule: A Brief Look

(Zeray Weldesenbet) What is the voting rule for the approval of State of Emergency by the parliament under article 93(2) (a) of the Ethiopian Constitution? The dilemma here is that whether the two-thirds majority vote requirement is calculated…

Ethio-Somali region gives second chance to thousands of prisoners

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(Hafsa Mohamed) On the 21st of February 2018, the Ethiopian Somali regional government made the timely decision to pardon over 1,500 prisoners. The pardoned individuals were convicted of various crimes. Some of whom were supporters or members of…

News

PM Abiy Ahmed’s new appointees and their previous posts

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed made 25 appointments today. A new Speaker was elected for the House of Peoples' Representatives. In the morning, the parliament accepted the resignation of Speaker Abadula Gemeda and elected Mufriyat Kemil (SEPDM) as…

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed takes oath, enters office

Photo - New PM Abiy Ahmed enters the Office of Prime Minister

(Compiled from ENA) The House of People’s Representative (HPR) has appointed 42 years old Abiy Ahmed (PhD) as the next Prime Minster of Ethiopia on Monday. It was recalled that the ruling party Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Front (EPRDF)…

President Behi delivers Annual Address to the Somaliland Parliament

Somaliland president Muse Bihi Abdi conducted his first state annual address to the nation on March 25th 2018, held at the Guurti premises. Addressing the nation, the incumbent President of the Republic of Somaliland, Muse Bihi Abdi has…

Chinese company strikes oil, additional gas reserve in Ogaden

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(Kaleyesus Bekele - The Reporter) Poly-GCL, the Chinese company engaged in oil and gas exploration and development project in the Ethio-Somali Regional State, Ogaden basin, has discovered oil and gas deposits. Poly-GCL, which signed petroleum exploration and development…

Joint presser: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Ethiopian FM Workneh Gebeyehu

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Joint press conference of US secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Ethiopian Foreign Minister Workneh Gebeyehu in Addis Ababa on March 8, 2018. MODERATOR: Would you join me to welcome the two foreign ministers. May we rise, please?…

Ethiopia declares State of Emergency amid sporadic unrests and ethnic attacks

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Ethiopia decreed today a 6 months State of Emergency. The decree came after months of sporadic protests, ethnic attacks and anarchy in the country. In its session on Friday, the Council of Ministers adopted a piece of legislation…

Ethiopian PM resigns amid uncertain succession

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn announced his intent to resign today. The announcement came after an emergency session of the EPRDF Executive Committee formally endorsed his resignation this morning. Hailemariam will remain in his posts until a new…

TPLF expelled two Central Committee members

TPLF Central Committee expelled two members and reprimanded another four in its meeting yesterday. The expelled members of the Central Committee are: Berhane Kidanemariam (Ethiopian consulate in Los Angeles) and Aregash Beyene (head of Civil Service Bureau of…

Ethiopian military gets new deputy Chief of Staffs, 4 Full Generals and 57 General officer promotions

Photo - Senior Ethiopian army officers in Addis Ababa

Three new deputy Chief of Staffs appointed to Ethiopian National Defence Forces (ENDF) while sixty-one senior officers are promoted today. Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam appointed today three new deputy Chief of Staffs. The new deputy Chief of Staffs…

Ethiopia: 14 killed in Woldia, Kobo protest; Official denounced ethnic attacks

Map - Woldia and Kobo cities, Amhara, Ethiopia

At least 15 people killed in the past week as unrest hits northeastern parts of Amhara. Regional official denounced ethnic attacks. The latest wave of unrest began in Woldia city on January 20 when security forces clashed with…

Interviews

“You don’t need monopoly to shutdown the Internet”, Minister Debretsion Gebremichael[+Video]

Photo - Debretsion Gebremichael and HornAffairs' Daniel Berhane, Interview, June 2017

Government ownership of Ethio-telecom saved the country from the woes of privatized telecom, Minister Debretsion Gebremichael (PhD) claimed…

ICRC still denied access to Maekelawi, Somali region [+video]

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Ethiopia continues to limit prison access of the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC), the head of delegation…

Amb. Wondimu: “History is replete with glories stumbling into debacles”

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Wondimu Asamnew is an Ethiopian Ambassador to Somalia. He has been actively working to execute the heavy-handed missions…

Researcher: Hate, dangerous speech low among Ethiopian facebook users

Ethiopians' discussion on facebook is much more nuanced than perceived to be, according to a team of researchers…

Exclusive| Abay Tsehaye: Oromos know who robbed, maltreated them

Ethnic baiting targeting TPLF and Tigrayans in connection with the protests in Oromia is a diversionary tactic, said…

Ethiopia| Merera Gudina: “The gov’t is simply accusing left and right”

Deutsche Welle's interview with Merera Gudina (PhD), v/chair of Ethiopian Federal Democratic Unity Forum and Chair of Oromo…

Economy

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Somaliland: Proposals to Improve Value of Government and Win Trust of Citizens   

(Mohammed Farah) 1. Digging Roots of Mistrust between the Government and Citizens Somaliland has come…

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Mekelle City should reconsider pulling the plug on struggling businesses

(Tesfai Hailu) As everyone who lives or paid a visit to Mekelle lately would notice,…

A house divided: How Saudi Crown Prince purged royal family rivals

(Samia Nakhoul, Angus McDowall, Stephen Kalin - Reuters) The first hint that something was amiss came in…

Saudi Arabia detains princes, billionairs, inc. al-Amoudi, freezes assets

(Compiled from Alarby reports) Saudi Arabia has detained 11 princes and 38 other businessmen, senior military officials…

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Ethiopian Birr devalued by 15%

In the midst of a Forex currency crisis, the National Bank of Ethiopia (NBE) has…

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​Land Grabbing Cases in Mekelle & Wukro

(Haile Tessema) Residents of Mekelle and visitors to the regional capital would be familiar with…

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrives in Addis Ababa for a state visit to Ethiopia on May 4, 2014. (Photo China News ServiceLiu Zhen)

Ethiopia’s distinct path to development, with help from China

Ethiopia is the most stable state in the dangerous neighbourhood of the Horn of Africa,…

Security

The menace of state capture in the current Ethiopian politics? 

(Ezana Ze Axum) I am not a politician, but I…

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Ethiopia declares State of Emergency amid sporadic unrests and ethnic attacks

Ethiopia decreed today a 6 months State of Emergency. The…

Photo - Somaliland President Bihi with the press

Somaliland President Bihi’s first presser

Somaliland president Muse Bihi Abdi held his first press conference…

Why Egypt is concerned about Sudan-Turkey deal over Suakin island?

(Mohamed Abdel Maguid - Egypt Today) Egypt has watched very…

Map - Tukaraq, Sool region, Somaliland-Puntland border

Puntland accuses Somaliland of “naked invasion”

The president of Puntland, the semi-autonomous region of Somalia, Abdiweli…

Map - Tukaraq, Sool region, Somaliland-Puntland border

Somaliland and Puntland forces clashed in Tukaraq, Sool region

Somaliland military defense forces clashed with Puntland forces on Monday…

Oromia

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Press Statement on the condition of mob violence against Tigrayans and other Ethiopian citizens

The Global Society of Tigrean Scholars (GSTS) vehemently condemns the ongoing mob violence targeting innocent Tigrean and other Ethiopian citizens living in…

Tigrayan students targeted in Metu University

Oromia special police singled out Tigrayan students for harassment in Metu University, located in south-western part of Ethiopia, on Saturday. Hagos Gebreegizabher,…

​Ethiopia: 9 killed in a communal clash in Benshangul-Gumuz

At least 9 people killed in a clash in Ethiopia's western region Benshangul-Gumuz. In Benshangul-Gumuz, Kamashi zone, Jaganfa woreda area, at least…

Ethiopia: Communal tension high in Jimma zone

Reports from residents of a village in Jima zone, Oromia region, of Ethiopia, indicate a growing risk of communal clash. The village…

Tigrayan businessmen targeted in Illubabor zone

The following report concerns Illubabor (Illuababora) zone of Oromia. It was first published on my facebook and twitter account on Friday, October…

​Ethiopia: OBN tv steps up inflamatory rhetoric

Inflamatory rhetoric increases in the official briadcaster of Ethiopia's Oromia region. Oromia Broadcasting Network (OBN) reported on Tuesday that tv, "a Tigrayan"…

Map - Camps of displaced Oromo citizens in Chinaksen, Harar, Dire Dawa

Fifty thousand displaced, evicted in Oromia-Somali crisis

About fifty thousands people fled Ethiopian-Somali regional state, following a clash with the neighboring state Oromia that left dozens dead and pressure…

Somaliland

President Behi delivers Annual Address to the Somaliland Parliament

Somaliland president Muse Bihi Abdi conducted his first state annual address to the nation on…

Somaliland Sovereignty: The irrevocable and unanimous decision

Somaliland-Somalia talks that failed previously is going to be resumed. The good news is that…

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What lies ahead for the new Somaliland Cabinet?

A lot of things are waiting for the new cabinet ministers approved by the House…

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Somaliland President Bihi’s first presser

Somaliland president Muse Bihi Abdi held his first press conference as president last week (Saturday)…

Map - Tukaraq, Sool region, Somaliland-Puntland border

Puntland accuses Somaliland of “naked invasion”

The president of Puntland, the semi-autonomous region of Somalia, Abdiweli Mohamed Ali Gaas spoke about…

Eritrea

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An armed group from Eritrea kills a German in Erta Ale, Ethiopia

Armed men dispatched from Eritrea killed a German tourist in Erta Ale, northeast of Ethiopia on Sunday, according to HornAffairs sources. Erta…

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The Rift in the GCC and Diplomatic Responses from the IGAD Region

David Hearst, a British expert on Middle East affairs, recently surprised the host of an Aljazeera TV program when he quipped that…

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The Rehabilitation of Africa’s Most Isolated Dictatorship

(Tom Gardner - Foreign Policy) Two recent and seemingly incongruous events may one day be seen as symbolic turning points for Eritrea,…

Photo - Eritrean President Isaias Afeworki, May 28, 2017

Pres. Isaias to UN SC – “Washington worked to drive a wedge between Ethiopians, Eritreans”

President Isaias Afeworki has sent messages to several Heads of State and Government urging them to use their influences in the UN…

Photo - Eritrean President Isaias Afeworki, May 28, 2017

Isaias Afeworki is winning in the no-war no-peace stalemate

This article attempts to analyze a post Isaias Afeworki’s Eritrea and about the revenge-oriented policy of President Isaias Afeworki against both Ethiopian and…

Press releases

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Call for Paper submissions – The Global Society of Tigrean Scholars (GSTS)

The Global Society of Tigrean Scholars (GSTS) (ዓለም ለኸ ማሕበረሰብ  ሙሁራን ትግራይ) Quo Vadis Tigray? Building Knowledge-based Economy and Society in Tigray…

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Ethiopian PM visits Arvind’s Apparel factories at Hawassa Industrial Park

(Press release - Arvind Limited) Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalegn today visited Arvind Limited’s apparel manufacturing facilities at the Hawassa Industrial…

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International Partners visit drought-hit Horn of Africa, pledge support

(Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) International partners have made financial pledges in support of humanitarian response efforts in the drought-hit…

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Focus on Africa – G20 Africa Summit in Berlin

(Federal Foreign Office of Germany) The leading economies want to use a conference being held in Berlin on 12 and 13 June under the…

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U.S. strike against al-Shabaab logistics node

(U.S. Department of State) On June 11 at 2:20 am Eastern Standard Time, U.S. forces conducted a precision airstrike in southern Somalia.…