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  • Ethiopia appoints new cabinet members, ministers

    Ethiopia appoints new cabinet members, ministers

    (EBC; November 1, 2016)- Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has presented new cabinet members and ministers to the parliament, and the parliament has approved the newly appointed ministers and cabinet members.

    Accordingly, the newly appointed ministers are as follows:
    1. Dr. Workineh Gebayehu Foreign Minister
    2. Mr. Tagesse Chafo Public Service and Human Resource Minister
    3. Dr. Abraham Tekasta Finance and economic cooperation minister 
    4. Dr. Bekele Muladu Trade Minister
    5. Prof. Fikadu Beyene Animal and Fish Resource minister
    6. Dr. Eyasu Abraha Agriculture and Natural Resource Minister
    7. Dr. Eng. Getahun Makuria Science and Technology Minister
    8. Mr. Ahmed Shide Transport Minister
    9. Dr. Ambachaw Mekonnen Urban Development
    10. Eng. Ayisha Mohammed Construction Minister
    11. Dr. Eng. Sileshi Bekele Water, Irrigation and Electricity Minister
    12. Mr. Motuma Mekassa Mineral, Petroleum and Natural gas 
    13. Dr. Gemado Dale Environment forest and climate change 
    14. Dr. Shiferaw T/mariam Education Minister
    15. Prof. Yifru Birhana Health Minister
    16. Dr. Girma Amante Government Development Organizations Minister
    17. Dr. Hirut W/mariam Culture and Tourism Minister
    18. Mrs. Demitu Hambisa Women and children Minister
    19. Mr. Ristu Yirdaw Youth and Sport Minister
    20. Mr. Kebede Chane Customs and Revenue Authority
    21. Dr. Negari Lencho Government Communication Affairs Office Minister
    According to the Prime Minister, ministers in the remaining ministries will stay in their previous posts.
    Accordingly, cabinet members who will remain in their previous posts:
    1. Demeke Mekonnen Deputy Prime Minister 
    2. Siraj Fegessa – Minister of Defense
    3. Kassa Tekleberhan- Minister of Federal Affairs and Pastoral Area Development
    4. Dr Debretsion Gebremichael –Minister of Communication and Information Technology
    5. Ahmed Abitew – Minister of Industry
    6. Getachew Ambaye- Attorney General
    7. Abdulfetah Abdulah - Minister of Labor and Social Affairs
    8. Dr Yinager Dese- Commissioner of National Planning Commission
    9. Asmelash Woldesilasie – House Chief Whip with the Rank of Minister


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  • San Jose Taxi Driver Honored with International Award for Hard Work

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) — A Bay Area man just learned he’s winning an international award for his work as a taxi driver.

    Enders Abdu left Ethiopia to find the “American Dream.”

    “I came to this country in 1998 and after two years I started driving a taxi,” he said.

    His day starts out like any other driver, getting his cab ready for the road. But that’s about where the similarities end.

    While many drivers wait for a call from dispatch, Abdu already knows his schedule. “At 6:55 I’m going to pick up my first kid and I have three kids,” he said.

    And they’re the same kids every day. They are kids with special needs who go to school far from home. “The kids have to feel comfortable, so you have to have the type of driver that makes that child feel comfortable,” Yellow Checker Cab operations Dave Logan said.

    San Jose’s Yellow Checker Cab Company recommended Abdu to the schools where they have a contract to transport kids.

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  • Eritrean air force pilots defect to Ethiopia with military plane

    Eritrean air force pilots, named Mebrahtu Tesfamariam and Afework fissehaye, have defected on Wednesday by flying their military aircraft Zlin-143-102 to Ethiopia’s northern city, Mekelle, sources disclosed to Awramba times.

    This is not the first time for Eritrean air force members to defect to the neighboring nations.

    In 2012, two Eritrean military pilots secretly flew President Isaias Afewerki’s plane to Saudi Arabia where they sought political asylum. A year after this incident, three other members of the Eritrean air force have defected with their fighter jet to Saudi Arabia. In April the same year, another female Eritrean air force pilot sent by the regime to retrieve the stolen jet from Saudi Arabia herself was defected.

    As no Eritrean pilot has yet made his route to Ethiopia, the pilots who defected to Ethiopia today are the first ever Eritrean air force members to make the neighboring Ethiopia a destination of their defection.

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  • Ethiopia declares state of emergency over protests

    Government declares a state of emergency effective immediately following violence and unrest in Oromia region.


    Oromia has experienced protests since November 2015 as people have called for wider political freedoms [Reuters]

    Ethiopia has declared a state of emergency following months of often violent anti-government protests, especially in the restive Oromia region.

    "A state of emergency has been declared because the situation posed a threat against the people of the country," Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said on state-run television on Sunday.

    Local media said the state of emergency, declared for the first time in 25 years, will last for six months.

    Earlier on Sunday, the state Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation reported that the state of emergency was effective as of Saturday evening as a means to "deal with anti-peace elements that have allied with foreign forces and are jeopardising the peace and security of the country".

    It added that that the Council of Ministers discussed the damage by the protests across the country and declared the state of emergency in a message delivered to Hailemariam .

    Protests reignited this week in the Oromia region - the main focus of a recent wave of demonstrations - after dozens of people were killed in a stampede on October 2, which was sparked by police firing tear gas and warning shots at a huge crowd of protesters attending a religious festival.

    The official death toll given by the government was 55, though opposition activists and rights groups said they believe more than 100 people died as they fled security forces, falling into ditches that dotted the area. 

    According to government officials, factories, company premises and vehicles were burnt out completely or damagedduring the recent wave of protests. Many roads leading to the capital, Addis Ababa, were reported to be blocked.

    The death toll from unrest and clashes between police and demonstrators over the past year or more runs into several hundred, according to opposition and rights group estimates. At least 500 people have been killed by security forces since anti-government protests began in November, New York-based Human Rights Watch group said in August.

    The government says such figures are inflated and has denied that violence from the security forces is systemic. In August, it rejected a United Nations request to send in observers, saying it alone was responsible for the security of its citizens.

    The anti-government demonstrations started in November among the Oromo, Ethiopia's biggest ethnic group, and later spread to the Amhara, the second most populous group.

    Though they initially began over land rights, they later broadened into calls for more political, economic and cultural rights.

    Both groups say that a multi-ethnic ruling coalition and the security forces are dominated by the Tigray ethnic group, which makes up only about 6 percent of the population.

    The government, though, blames rebel groups and foreign-based dissidents for stoking the violence.

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  • Declaration of State of Emergency



    BREAKING NEWS: The Federal Government Has Declared a State of Emergency. for those of you who don't have any idea about the state of emergency read this carefully. 
    Article 93
    Declaration of State of Emergency
    1. (a) The Council of Ministers of the Federal Government shall have the power to decree a state of emergency, should an external invasion, a break down of law and order which endangers the Constitutional order and which cannot be controlled by the regular law enforcement agencies and personnel, a natural disaster, or an epidemic occur.
    (b) Sate executives can decree a State-Wide state of emergency should a natural disaster or an epidemic occur. Particulars shall be determined in State Constitutions to be promulgated in conformity with this Constitution.
    2. A state of emergency declared in accordance with sub-Article 1(a) of this Article:
    If declared when the House of Peoples’ Representatives is in session, the decree shall be submitted to the House within forty-eight hours of its declaration. The decree, if not approved by a two-thirds majority vote of members of the House of Peoples' Representatives, shall be repealed forthwith.
    Subject to the required vote of approval set out in (a) of this sub-Article, the decree declaring a state of emergency when the House of
    Peoples’ Representatives is not in session shall be submitted to it within fifteen days of its adoption.
    A state of emergency decreed by the Council of Ministers, if approved by the House of Peoples’ Representatives, can remain in effect up to six months. The House of Peoples’ Representatives may, by a two-thirds majority vote, allow the state of emergency proclamation to be renewed every four months successively.
    (a) When a state of emergency is declared, the Council of Ministers shall, in accordance with regulations it issues, have all necessary power to protect the country’s peace and sovereignty, and to maintain public security, law and order.
    The Council of Ministers shall have the power to suspend such political and democratic rights contained in this Constitution to the extent necessary to avert the conditions that required the declaration of a state of emergency.
    In the exercise of its emergency powers the Council of Ministers can not, however, suspend or limit the rights provided for in Articles 1, 18, 25, and sub-Articles 1 and 2 of Article 39 of this Constitution.
    The House of Peoples’ Representatives, while declaring a state of emergency, shall simultaneously establish a State of Emergency Inquiry Board, comprising of seven persons to be chosen and assigned by the House from among its members and from legal experts.
    The State of Emergency Inquiry Board shall have the following powers and responsibilities:
    To make public within one month the names of all individuals arrested on account of the state of emergency together with the reasons for their arrest.
    To inspect and follow up that no measure taken during the state of emergency is inhumane.
    To recommend to the Prime Minister or to the Council of Ministers corrective measures if it finds and case of inhumane treatment.
    To ensure the prosecution of perpetrators of inhumane acts.
    To submit its views to the House of Peoples’ Representatives on a request to extend the duration of the state of emergency.

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