Archive for the ‘Ethiopian News’ Category

VOA interviews ENTC leaders; Addisu Abebe’s conduct was shameful

Monday, August 6th, 2012

VIDEO: Ethiopia’s Tiki Gelana at the London Marathon (the last 10 min.)

Monday, August 6th, 2012

Journalist jailed in Ethi­o­pia is championed in D.C., abroad

Monday, August 6th, 2012

Armenian contribution to Ethiopian music

Monday, August 6th, 2012

Women’s Marathon: Ethiopia, Kenya and Russia battle to the finish (the full video)

Monday, August 6th, 2012

Day 46: Has Meles Zenawi Gone AWOL?

Sunday, August 5th, 2012

Egyptian officials discuss new leadership in Ethiopia

Sunday, August 5th, 2012 http://www.bikyamasr.com/74615/in-ethio … ith-egypt/

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Tiki Gelana Wins Marathon Gold

Sunday, August 5th, 2012

Day 45: Where is Ethiopian dictator Meles Zenawi?

Sunday, August 5th, 2012

Agonizing defeat in London men’s 10,000-meter (video)

Sunday, August 5th, 2012

Ethiopian Muslim & Christian solidarity in Washington: VOA

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

Meles Zenawi personal assistant placed under house arrest

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

Day 44: Where is dictator Meles Zenawi?

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

* * * Tirunesh Dibaba blazes to victory (video)

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

ENTC sends request for diplomatic recognition to Italian government

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

Tirunesh Dibaba Wins Olympics Gold Medal In 10000 meters

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

SMNE asks Secretary Clinton not to strike secret deal with TPLF

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Starve the TPLF beast: Boycott Ethiopian Airlines

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Day 43: Where is Meles Zenawi?

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Ethiopia under TPLF ranks 17th among failed states

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Day 42: Meles Zenawi’s body arrives in Addis Ababa – unconfirmed report

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Ethiopian professor awarded U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program grant

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Federal Police terrorize children in Ethiopia (photo)

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

BBC: Ethiopian dictator is ‘getting better’ (Bereket Simon)

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-19078358

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Ode to timidity – the Ethiopian experience

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Day 41: Where is Meles Zenawi? Where is Azeb Mesfin?

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Meles Zenawi’s house of card starts to unravel

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

ወያኔ የዋልድባ መነኮሳትን ማሰር ጀመረ

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Meles Zenawi’s 21-year tyrannical rule comes to a screeching halt (Abebe Gellaw)

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Day 40: Where is dictator Meles Zenawi?

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

ENTC to hold a town hall meeting in Washington DC – Aug. 5

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Ethiopians still looking for answers on Meles Zenawi (Tom Rhodes)

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Abune Philipos visits Ethiopian National Transitional Council’s office

Monday, July 30th, 2012

ESAT reports Meles Zenawi is dead

Monday, July 30th, 2012

18 people killed in southern Ethiopia following fierce fighting

Monday, July 30th, 2012

39th day: Where is Ethiopia’s dictator Meles Zenawi?

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Ethiopian Heritage Festival in DC attracts thousands

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Ethiopia in Constitutional Crises?

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

38th day since Ethiopia’s dictator disappeared

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

Will Ethiopian crackdown stir Muslim backlash?

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

37th day: Where is Ethiopia’s dictator Meles Zenawi?

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

Ethiopian Heritage or Hear Us Age

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

ፍትህ ጋዜጣን የሚያትም ማተሚያ ቤት መጥፋቱን ምንጮቼ ነገሩኝ

Friday, July 27th, 2012

United Nations alarmed by intimidation of journalists in Ethiopia

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Seye Abraha: Ethiopia Faces political Crisis

Friday, July 27th, 2012 http://www.voanews.com/content/ethiopa_ … 47250.html

VOA NEWS

Ethiopia does not have a firm leadership succession plan if Prime Minister Meles Zenawi is no longer able to head the government, according to a former defense minister.

Seeye Abraha, who worked with Meles on the ruling party’s executive committee but who is now a member of the political opposition, said Tuesday that uncertainty and anxiety is growing over the nation’s leadership during the prime minister’s so-far unexplained absence. He blamed it on the country’s one-party electoral system and Meles’ one-man-rule style of governing over the past 12 years.

​​“They don’t have a system" [of leadership succession], Seeye said. “This is a crisis situation and the dust has not settled.”

He said leaders of the ruling Tigrai People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and larger Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) parties had discussed a succession plan, but postponed any decisions until prior to a scheduled 2015 national election.

Meles has not been seen in public for about three weeks, even missing the African Union conference in Addis Ababa that was attended by 29 other heads of state or government. Some reports in the international press have speculated he is suffering from a serious illness and has been receiving treatment since June 26 in a Brussels hospital.

Information Minister Bereket Simon told reporters in Addis Ababa last week that a doctor has prescribed sick leave for the prime minister. Bereket assured the public that Meles is in “good and stable condition” and will return to work when he has recuperated.

Bereket, however, would not identify the illness or say where the prime minister was receiving treatment.

Reliable news about the prime minister’s health has been hard to come by in Ethiopia. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, the most recent edition of the independent weekly newspaper, Feteh, contained a report on the prime minister’s health, but that issue of the publication was confiscated by the government printing house.

Ethiopia ‘approaching the end of the one-party system’

Seeye Abraha said he does not know where the prime minister is or the nature of his illness.

“I have serious political differences with the prime minister and his party,” Seeye said of Meles and the TPLF. But he said that now is the time for Ethiopia’s political and military leaders to work with the nation to plot a peaceful way forward.

“We are approaching the end of the one-party system,” Seeye said.

Seeye was commander of the TPLF’s rebel forces and a member of the small leadership team of TPLF fighters who ousted Mengistu Haile Mariam’s Derg leadership in 1991. They then created the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. Seeye was defense minister for five years and later led planning strategy for Ethiopia’s border war with neighboring Eritrea.

The former defense minister said he and Meles finally parted ways over continuation of the costly two-year war with Eritrea. Meles expelled Seeye and three others from the TPLF executive committee.

Then, Seeye was thrown in jail for six years on corruption charges he says were bogus. When he got out of prison, Seeye joined the opposition Unity for Democracy and Justice Party along with a former president, Negaso Gidada.

He left Ethiopia for the United States in 2011. Seeye, 59, now lives in Boston where he recently completed graduate studies in public administration at Harvard University.

If Meles cannot lead, who will?

A member of the TPLF’s old guard, Sebhat Nega, told a VOA correspondent last week in Ethiopia that the government is functioning normally despite Meles’ absence.

“The system does not depend on one person,” Sebhat said, adding that whatever Meles’ medical issues are, the government is secure.

David Shinn, a former U.S. ambassador the Ethiopia in the 1980s, speculated last week that if Meles was aware of the need to plan for a successor, he would have had such a plan in place. He added, however, that if Meles’ health problem came on suddenly, the political fallout could be more serious.

“If this is a more abrupt situation, then it could be far more difficult,” Shinn said.

Opposition leader Seeye also warned of possible trouble, saying, any leadership transition would be difficult without Meles taking part. For the time being, Seeye said he believed a form of collective leadership was acting during Meles’ absence.

Sebhat of the TPLF said such opposition speculation was the product of “wishful thinkers” hoping to take advantage of the current situation. He also denied that Meles ruled with an iron fist, noting the prime minister’s efforts to de-centralize government rule in ethnically diverse Ethiopia over the past two decades.

“He doesn’t have any hand in the affairs of the Oromo, of the Amhara, of the Tigre, or of the Afar, et cetera,” said Sebhat. “He cannot have an iron hand. He can never be a despot.”

Does Meles rule by consensus or by fiat?

Seeye disagreed, saying that Meles has been consolidating power for years.

“Meles is not just the chief executive officer of the administration, he is the law of the courts,” said Seeye. “He could make his wishes the law of the land in a matter of hours. That’s how he has been working.”

Despite his political differences with Meles, Seeye said he hopes the prime minister will recover soon.

“I don’t celebrate the pain of another human being or the passing of another human being,” Seeye said. “I wish him recovery and I wish that he ends his political exit with a positive and constructive and historic note


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36th day: No sign of the dictator; foreign leaders say he is dead

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Ethiopian cultural festival in DC opens Friday

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Honoring His Holiness Abune Melketsedik

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

መለስ ዜናዊ ሥልጣን ላይ ያለመኖር አንድምታ ዙሪያ ትንታኔ (VOA)

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Where is Meles Zenawi? (Tom Rhodes, CPJ)

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Amnesty protests beatings and abuse of Ethiopians Muslims

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Power vacuum in post-Meles Zenawi Ethiopia

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Ethiopian refugees thrown on Yemeni streets

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

35th day since Ethiopia’s dictator has been missing

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Missing Ethiopian man in Philadelphia found on I-95 Freeway

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

TPLF leadership holds meetings under extremely tight security

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

አቶ መለስ ሃኪም ይረፉ አላቸው፤ ህዝቡ ግን “ይረፉ” ካለ ቆይቷል

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

የሠላም ራዕይ ለኢትዮጵያ

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

34th day since Ethiopia’s dictator disappeared

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Can the Ethiopian change his skin or leopard its spots?

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Ethiopian man visiting Philadelphia is missing – police asking your help

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

President of Ghana John Atta Mills died

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

33 days since Ethiopia’s drug junkie dictator disappeared

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

ENTC requests diplomatic relations with Australian government

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Joint Communiqué of ALEJE and OLF

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Terrorizing Ethiopians in the name of counter-terrorism

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Ethiopian newspaper blocked on “grounds of national security”

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Ethiopian Review on a backup system

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

የመለስ ዜናዊ መሰወር (ጀርመን ራዲዮ)

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

የሙስሊሞች ተቃውሞና የፖሊስ እርምጃ

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Where is dictator Meles Zenawi?

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Dreams of an Ethiopia in Peace

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

የስልጣን ሽግግር በተመለከተ የወያኔ ሕገ መንግሥት አንቀጽ ክፍተት አለበት ተባለ

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

“ጉልቻ ቢለውጥ ወጥ አያጣፍጥም” (የኢትዮጵያን ሪቪው ወቅታዊ ርዕሰ አንቀጽ)

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

ፍትህ ጋዜጣ እንዳትሰራጭ ታገደች

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

From an Ethiopian Muslim to Ethiopian Christians

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

ቃሌ የመወያያ ክፍል 5 የፖለቲካ ፓርቲዎችን ጁላይ 28 ቀን ለውይይት ጋበዘ

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

Woyanne police clash with Ethiopian Muslim protesters (Reuters)

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

Shocking beatings of Ethiopian Muslims by TPLF goons (video)

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

በፍጥነት እንሰብሰብ (አክሎግ ቢራራ)

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

Eyewitness account of savage beatings in Addis Ababa

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

ESAT: Azeb Mesfin driver defects

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

Azeb Mesfin arrives in Rome; Sebhat Nega back on the TPLF saddle

Friday, July 20th, 2012

ENTC seeks diplomatic recognition from the U.S. government

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Woyanne arrests Muslim leaders ahead of Friday prayer

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Meles Zenawi is said to be dead – multiple sources

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Western money keeps Ethiopians poor, oppressed

Friday, July 20th, 2012

የመለስ ዜናዊ የጤና ሁኔታ ውዥንብር

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Meles Ashebari Zenawi and death

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Power of Reconciliation by Teshale Sebro

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Meles Zenawi “may not survive” — The UK Telegraph

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Berhane GebreKristos becomes the de facto TPLF chief

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Ethiopian opposition must unite to be an alternative to EPRDF rule

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Ethiopian dictator’s life in danger – BBC

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

TPLF to unleash massive violence against Muslims: SMNE

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Meles Zenawi in critical condition – diplomatic sources

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Woyanne cancels Press conference on Meles Zenawi's health

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Ethiopia at Crossroads: What has to be done

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Treatment takes its toll on Meles Zenawi's body

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Zenawi's Police State: The Economist

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012