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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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  • 11 signs you should never let her go

    Occasionally, we meet a woman who turns out to be the one we’ve been looking for our whole life — the woman of our dreams. Such encounters are often completely unexpected. Nevertheless, they change us forever.

     

    Nature made us in such a way that two contrasting halves can become a perfect whole. The search for that other half often turns out to be an arduous journey. But believe me, you’ll know you’ve found her if you can say these 11 things about her. And if you’re lucky enough to find that single, perfect flower out there in the desert, hold on to her as strongly as you can; never let her go.

     

     

     

    She’s supportive

     

    Every man needs a woman who has the wisdom to help him get through life successfully. It’s often said that behind every great man stands an even greater woman, and this is true. Without a woman, a man can sometimes be little more than an egoist. A woman will bring meaning and direction to his life, and make him wiser.

     

     

     

    She’s beautiful

     

    Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder. If she’s the most beautiful woman you’ve ever seen — according to your taste, and no one else’s — then hold on to her. There are people who pay too much attention to someone’s physical appearance, and there are those who, perhaps in reaction to this, have revolted against the very idea that external beauty is important at all. Yet human beings have reveled in each other’s beauty as long as they’ve been able to see, and they shouldn’t feel ashamed to do so. But only if we recognise that, whilst it’s important, it’s not the most important thing we should value in someone.

     

     

     

    She’s kind and attentive

     

    If a woman isn’t kind at heart, then what meaningful place can she really have in your life? It almost goes without saying that the love of your life should be someone who looks after you, in every sense of the word.

     

     

     

    She’s energetic

     

    Sometimes, life is complicated. Sometimes, it can be boring and monotonous. Women aren’t there just to distract men from all this. Nevertheless, it’s more likely than not that you’ll feel a great deal happier with a woman who is energetic, lively and looking for adventure.

     

     

     

    She loves you to the bottom of her heart

     

    This is without question the most important thing. When a woman loves someone, she loves them with all her heart, dedicating herself entirely to them. If you find a woman who genuinely loves you, then you’ve found the most precious treasure the world can offer you.

     

     

     

    She knows how to compromise

     

    Everyone can be stubborn. Often we’re satisfied with the way things are, and aren’t especially open to the idea that something needs to change. Of course, finding a woman who’s ready to compromise is only half the battle — you have to be ready as well. A successful relationship is built on compromise, and you have no choice but to accept this if you want it to last.

     

     

     

    She makes you feel that you’re in the right place

     

    You know you’re in love with someone when you feel that you’ve found your own unique place in this world, as if for the first time in your life. You’re where you should be, and you don’t need anything or anyone else. If you see your own soul reflected in her eyes, then you’re home, at last. Why on Earth would you leave?

     

     

     

    She’s more than happy to tell you when you’re wrong

     

    Every man needs a woman who will let him know when he’s acting foolishly. Guys have this strange ability to make the wrong decisions and do really stupid things. When you find that woman who keeps you on the right track and tells you when you’re wrong, you’re life can only get better — even if you sometimes find it frustrating.

     

     

     

    She has strength of character

     

    All of us are looking for someone who fits our own idea of the perfect woman, but in every case this means some combination of strength and feminity. A woman with strength of character is exactly what every man needs. And one that expresses her feminity in whichever way she chooses is...well, also ideal. These two qualities are not contradictory; in fact they can be combined in an ideal way.

     

     

     

    She’s passionate

     

    A life filled with passion is the only one worth living. To feel the fire of passion within and have no one to express it to is impossible to bear. Passion only works when it’s expressed between two people. And if she doesn’t have this, then chances are your relationship is lacking something vital.

     

     

     

    She means everything to you

     

    Very often, when we fall madly in love with someone, we can’t explain why. The point is that you don’t need a reason. If you love her and can’t imagine life without her, don’t let her go. You should realise how much she means to you. Sometimes, men don’t see this until it’s too late. We always assume we’ll get a second chance to be together — well, perhaps you will. But there’s an equal chance that you won’t; you really might lose her forever. And then you’ll be filled with regret for the rest of your life, because you let the most important thing in the world slip through your fingers. Don’t risk it.

     

    Author: Paul Hudson

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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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  • 12 important signs that we don’t drink enough water

    There’s not much in this world more refreshing than a tall, ice-cold glass of water. I don’t think there’s anyone alive that can deny that sometimes, a simple glass of water can be more satisfying than a cup of coffee or a can of soda. Despite this, too many of us don’t drink enough water on a daily basis. By depriving ourselves of the world’s most natural resource, we are continuously damaging our bodies. If you recognise any of the following signs in yourself, we recommend you go and drink a glass of H2O straight away.

     

    1. Your mouth is dry

    This seems pretty obvious, but the ramifications might not be so. Of course, any time you feel that sticky, nasty feeling in your mouth, you’d obviously reach for some sort of liquid. But sugary drinks are only a temporary solution to a larger problem. Drinking water lubricates the mucus membranes in your mouth and throat, which will continue to keep your mouth moist with saliva long after that first sip.

     

    2. Your skin is dry

    Your skin is your body’s largest organ, so of course it needs to stay hydrated. In fact, dry skin is one of the earliest signs of full-on dehydration, which can lead to much larger problems. A lack of water means a lack of sweat, which leads to a body’s inability to wash away excess dirt and oil accumulated throughout the day. If you want to stave off breakouts, your first recourse should be to drink more water.

    3. You’re overly thirsty

    We went over dry mouth already, but thirst goes beyond a desert-like tongue. Anyone who’s ever had a hangover can tell you that, upon waking up, your body just can’t get enough water. Alcohol dehydrates the entire body, and drinking water sends ’YES PLEASE!’ signals to the brain until your fluid levels get back to baseline. Listen to what your body is telling you; it knows what it’s talking about!

    4. Your eyes are dry

    By now it should be clear that drinking water affects more than just your mouth and throat. A lack of water intake leads to dry, bloodshot eyes (again, think of that last pounding hangover). Without water in the body, your tear ducts dry up. If you’re thinking ’So what if I can’t cry?’, realize that this could cause much more harm to your eyes, especially if you wear contacts on a daily basis.

    5. You experience joint pain

    Our cartilage and spinal discs are made up of about 80% water. This is an absolute necessity to keep our bones from grinding against each other with every step we take. By keeping your body hydrated, you ensure that your joints can absorb the shock of sudden movements, such as running, jumping, or falling awkwardly.

    6. Your muscle mass decreases

    Your muscles, also, are comprised mostly of water. Obviously, less water in the body means less muscle mass. Drinking water before, during, and after a workout not only keeps you hydrated and comfortable, it also brings water to the right places in your body, and decreases the chance of developing inflammation and soreness related to exercise and weightlifting.

    7. You stay sick longer

    Drinking water allows your body to continuously flush out toxins. Your organs work to filter our certain waste products like a machine, but if you don’t fuel the machine with water, it cannot work properly. What ends up happening in a dehydrated body is organs start to pull water from stored areas like your blood, which leads to a whole new set of problems.

    8. You feel fatigued and lethargic

    As we just mentioned, when a body is dehydrated it «borrows» water from your blood. A lack of properly hydrated blood leads to a lack of oxygen being brought throughout the body. Of course, a lack of oxygen leads to sleepiness and outright fatigue. A lack of stamina means you’ll start to experience that 2pm crash earlier and earlier in your day (and remember, coffee won’t help in the long run).

    9. You experience hunger pangs

    When you’re dehydrated, your body might start to think it needs some food. This happens throughout the day, and overnight when you wake up craving that midnight snack. However, eating food creates more work for your body, whereas drinking water purifies and your organs and supplies it with the fuel it needs to go through the other processes a body goes through.

     

    10. You experience digestive problems

    We spoke before about the mucus in our mouth and throat, and how keeping hydrated allows the membrane to function correctly. This also applies to the entire digestive system. Without proper hydration, the amount and strength of mucus in the stomach lessens, allowing stomach acid to do some major damage to your insides. This leads to what we commonly refer to as heartburn and indigestion.

     

    11. You experience premature ageing

    The amount of water our bodies retain naturally decreases as we age. Obviously, what this means is that, as we get older, we should consciously increase our water intake. While premature ageing is more evident on the outside, the damage it does to our insides will ultimately be felt over time. To decrease the risk of running your body raw, it’s important to continue to drink water throughout your lifetime.

     

    12. You’re reading this and have gotten this far

    I drink water all the time. I almost always have a glass or bottle of water next to me, whether I’m working, working out, or vegging out in front of the TV. If you clicked on this article, chances are you thought to yourself ’Hmm, I don’t think I drink enough water.’ So if you don’t think you do, pour a glass right now! Don’t overdo it, of course, but if you’re not getting the recommended amount (which is higher than you’d think), there’s no harm in drinking more. Now if you’ll excuse me, all this typing has made me thirsty.

     

    Source: lifehack

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  • 7 ways to tell if someone is cheating on you

    Ever wonder if your significant other isn't being entirely truthful?

    First of all, there's a good chance you're right — it's perfectly normal to lie.

    But if you're worried that someone's fibbing extends into the important stuff, like happiness or fidelity, you might have considered trying to catch them in a lie.

    Unfortunately, science can't tell you if your partner is sleeping around, but it is getting better at spotting when someone — especially a significant other — is being deceptive.

    Here are seven ways to tell if your partner might be keeping something important from you.

    Ask a friend. 

    Other people — strangers, even — have an uncanny ability to detect when something's not right in someone else's relationship.

    BYU psychologists tested out this idea by having couples draw an object together, with one participant blindfolded and the other one giving instructions on what to draw. The whole thing was videotaped. Before they started, the scientists had the couples answer a few questions about their relationship in private, including whether or not they'd ever cheated. 

    Then, the researchers had a group of strangers watch the footage and guess which couples included a partner who'd ever cheated. The volunteers were surprisingly accurate.

    Although preliminary, the research suggests that, simply by watching a couple doing something that requires working together, an outside observer may be able to detect infidelity or unhappiness.

    "People make remarkably accurate judgments about others in a variety of situations after just a brief exposure to their behavior," the researchers wrote in the study.

    Mull it over while doing something else. 

    People are generally bad judges of character — consciously, at least. When we are given time to process another person's actions subconsciously, however, we're far better at telling truth from deceit.

    In 2013, a team of psychologists had a panel of student judges watch people give testimony and decide if they'd lied or told the truth. The students who were given time to think before they made a decision — so long as they were made to think about something other than the case they were assessing — were better at figuring out whether the person they were judging had been deceitful.

    "These findings suggest that the human mind is not unfit to distinguish between truth and deception," write the researchers in the study, "but that this ability resides in previously overlooked processes." 

    Listen carefully to the words they use.

    For a recent study, Southern Methodist University professor of psychology James W. Pennebaker looked at some data he and his colleague Diane Berry had gathered from a text analysis program. They found that some specific patterns of language were helpful at predicting when someone was avoiding the truth.

    Liars, they found, tended to use fewer of the following three types of words:

    First person words, like "I," "me," or "my"

    Cognitive words, like "realize" or "think"

    Exclusive words, like "but" or "except"

    But they tended to use more of the following types of words:

    Negative emotion words, like "hate," "anger," or "enemy"

    Motion verbs, like "walk" or "move"

    Listen to the sound of their voice. 

    Canadian researchers recently had a group of volunteers listen to a pair of voices and rate how attractive each speaker sounded. Then, the researchers asked them to judge how likely each person would be to cheat in a romantic relationship.

    The female volunteers were most likely to say the men with lower-pitched voices would cheat; the men typically guessed that the women with higher-pitched voices would cheat. 

    Research has shown that men with more testosterone tend to have deeper voices, and as it turns out, higher levels of testosterone in men have been linked with higher rates of cheating. The jury is still out on whether there is any such association in women, though, and the researchers have yet to link their findings with actual observed behavior.

    Pay attention to social media use. 

    Does your partner spend more time Snap-chatting than talking to you? Recent research suggests that people who are highly active on two other social networks — Facebook and Twitter — may be more likely to have social-media-related conflict, and subsequently more likely to experience "infidelity, breakup, and divorce." (They haven't studied Snapchat yet.)

    In his study, University of Missouri researcher Russell Clayton studied the social media habits of close to 600 Twitter users. Most people used Twitter for roughly an hour a day, 5 days a week. But those who used it more often than that were more likely to get in arguments with their partners, get divorced, or cheat. The more time they spent on Twitter, the worse the relationship outcomes were.

    It's unlikely that too much tweeting, posting, and liking caused other people to cheat, of course, but if anything the study showed that there's certainly a connection between the two.

    Watch for sudden changes in behavior. 

    If you've been with your significant other for a while, chances are you know how they normally act — what type of foods they eat, how they react to challenges or surprises, how well they listen, and so on.

    Sudden changes in body language, from facial expressions to patterns of speech, can be red flags for duplicitous behavior, according to research from Lillian Glass, a behavioral analyst who once worked with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to study how to spot signs of deceit.

    "Your body experiences these types of changes when you’re nervous and feeling tense — when you lie," she writes in her book, "The Body Language of Liars."

    Lookout for silence, personal attacks, or repeating the question. 

    One telltale sign of lying, says Glass, is a sudden inability to speak. This happens because our automatic nervous system often responds to stress by starving the mouth of saliva.

    Another is veering into personal attacks rather than answering a question that's been asked, write CIA veterans Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, and Susan Carnicero in their recent book, "Spy the Lie." 

    And in a study published in 2011, UCLA professor of psychology R. Edward Geiselman found that people who are lying tend to repeat questions before answering them, "perhaps to give themselves time to concoct an answer," he said in a press release.

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  • Ethiopia is preparing the implementation of state of emergency

    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:
    (a)
    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.
    (b)
    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.
    3.
    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.
    4.
    (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.
    (b)
    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.
    (c)
    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.
    5.
    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.
    6.
    The State of Emergency Inquiry Board shall have the following powers and responsibilities:
    (a)
    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.
    (b)
    To inspect and follow up that no measure taken during the state of emergency is inhumane.
    (c)
    To recommend to the Prime Minister or to the Council of Ministers corrective measures if it finds and case of inhumane treatment.
    (d)
    To ensure the prosecution of perpetrators of inhumane acts.
    (e)
    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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  • Press Release: The 2018 D.V. Lottery Registration Program to Held until November Seven

    The U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa is pleased to announce that the 2018 Diversity Visa (DV) Program registration opened October 4, 2016 and will close Monday, November 7, 2016. Each year the United States administers the Diversity Visa Immigrant Program from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States. For the 2018 year, 50,000 DVs will be available. No more than seven percent of the total visas available can go to nationals of any one country.
    U.S. immigration law requires that every DV winner must have at least a high school education or its equivalent or have two years of recent work experience in an occupation that requires at least two years of training or experience. Vocational training in Ethiopia – known as TVET – cannot be considered a substitute for high school education and does not meet the education criteria for DV eligibility. Vocational degrees are not accepted as an equivalent to a high school education because they are not considered a basis for further academic study. Applicants may visit onetonline.org to see if they qualify for a DV based on based experience.

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  • Egypt Confirms It Won’t Involve in Ethiopia’s Affairs

    Egypt’s foreign ministry confirmed on Sunday media reports that Egypt's ambassador to Addis Ababa met with Ethiopia's minister of foreign affairs on Wednesday to answer questions related to the authenticity of a video reportedly showing unidentified Egyptians hailing the separatist Oromo Liberation Front during a recent public gathering of alleged Oromo supporters in Cairo.

    "Egypt does not interfere in any country’s domestic affairs," Egypt’s ambassador to Ethiopia Abu Bakr Hefny told the East African country's state minister for foreign affairs Taye Atske-Selassie, according to a statement issued on Sunday by the Egyptian ministry of foreign affairs.

    Hefny said that the video "does not reflect the reality at all," describing it as an attempt by third parties to sow discord between Egypt and Ethiopia, especially considering that bilateral relations have been improving in recent months, the statement read.

    Ethiopia declared a state of emergency on Sunday following a week of violent anti-government protests by Oromo supporters, which led to deaths and property damage across the country.

    Egypt’s foreign ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid added today that the discussions in the Wednesday meeting reflected a “mutual understanding of the importance of securing the positive momentum in bilateral relations while not giving a chance for any subversion between the two countries.”

    The meeting in Addis Ababa last week came hours after the Turkish news agency Anadolu reported that Egypt was supporting the Oromo Liberation Front, which has been leading protests against the Addis Ababa government.

    Shortly after the Turkish agency's report was published on Wednesday, Egypt denied in an official statement that it was backing the opposition group, denouncing "attempts by some malicious parties to sow discord between Egypt and Ethiopia.”

    Egypt and Ethiopia had witnessed tensions in recent years over the construction of Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam mega project, with Cairo expressing fears that the dam would negatively affect its Nile water share. Addis Ababa has maintained that the dam project, which Ethiopia needs to generate electricity, would not harm downstream countries.

    However, relations improved after Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan signed in September the final contracts for the long-awaited technical studies on the potential impact of the dam on downstream countries. 

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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:
    (a)
    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.
    (b)
    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.
    3.
    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.
    4.
    (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.
    (b)
    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.
    (c)
    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.
    5.
    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.
    6.
    The State of Emergency Inquiry Board shall have the following powers and responsibilities:
    (a)
    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.
    (b)
    To inspect and follow up that no measure taken during the state of emergency is inhumane.
    (c)
    To recommend to the Prime Minister or to the Council of Ministers corrective measures if it finds and case of inhumane treatment.
    (d)
    To ensure the prosecution of perpetrators of inhumane acts.
    (e)
    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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  • 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:
    (a)
    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.
    (b)
    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.
    3.
    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.
    4.
    (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.
    (b)
    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.
    (c)
    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.
    5.
    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.
    6.
    The State of Emergency Inquiry Board shall have the following powers and responsibilities:
    (a)
    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.
    (b)
    To inspect and follow up that no measure taken during the state of emergency is inhumane.
    (c)
    To recommend to the Prime Minister or to the Council of Ministers corrective measures if it finds and case of inhumane treatment.
    (d)
    To ensure the prosecution of perpetrators of inhumane acts.
    (e)
    To submit its views to the House of Peoples’ Representatives on a request to extend the duration of the state of emergency.

     

     

    ለመሆኑ የአስቸኳይ ጊዜ አዋጅ ምንድነው? በኢትዮጵያ ህገ-መንግስት ላይ የአስቸኳይ ጊዜ አዋጅ እንዴት ተፈጻሚ ይሆናል? ለነዚ ጥያቄዎች መልሱን እንደሚከተለው በአማርኛ እና በእንግሊዘኛ ያንብቡ።
    አዳዲስ መረጃ ለእርሶም በቶሎ እንዲደርሶት #ላይክ ወይም #ሼር ያድርጉ
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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:
    (a)
    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.
    (b)
    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.
    3.
    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.
    4.
    (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.
    (b)
    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.
    (c)
    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.
    5.
    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.
    6.
    The State of Emergency Inquiry Board shall have the following powers and responsibilities:
    (a)
    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.
    (b)
    To inspect and follow up that no measure taken during the state of emergency is inhumane.
    (c)
    To recommend to the Prime Minister or to the Council of Ministers corrective measures if it finds and case of inhumane treatment.
    (d)
    To ensure the prosecution of perpetrators of inhumane acts.
    (e)
    To submit its views to the House of Peoples’ Representatives on a request to extend the duration of the state of emergency.

     

     

    ለመሆኑ የአስቸኳይ ጊዜ አዋጅ ምንድነው? በኢትዮጵያ ህገ-መንግስት ላይ የአስቸኳይ ጊዜ አዋጅ እንዴት ተፈጻሚ ይሆናል? ለነዚ ጥያቄዎች መልሱን እንደሚከተለው በአማርኛ እና በእንግሊዘኛ ያንብቡ።
    አዳዲስ መረጃ ለእርሶም በቶሎ እንዲደርሶት #ላይክ ወይም #ሼር ያድርጉ
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  • Merkel declines to address Ethiopian parliament

    German Chancellor to meet with leaders of opposition parties

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel (PhD), who will be visiting Addis Ababa next week, declined to address the House of Peoples’ Representatives, which will return from recess for the second year term of the fifth parliament.

    According to reliable sources, though Ethiopian authorities requested the head of the German federal government to address legislators, Merkel declined because “it is a one-party-dominated parliament and did not see the point in doing so”.

    Merkel embarks Sunday on a visit to three African countries. She will first travel to Mali and Niger before coming to Ethiopia where she is to meet with Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn and visit the headquarters of the African Union.

    The German Chancellor will arrive in Addis Ababa on Monday evening escorted by members of the German Federal Chancellery. However, there will be no economic or business delegation that will accompany the Chancellor during her visit; the reason being “logistical difficulties”. Merkel is expected to arrive in Addis Ababa in the evening hours and will be welcomed by an honor guard the next morning at the National Palace. Later on Wednesday, she will have a bilateral session with Prime Minister Hailemariam.

    According to sources, Merkel will discuss the issue of using excessive and unnecessary force by security forces against protesters in different parts of the country.  She will also address the issue of what sources said is “controlled opening” of the political space.

    Her talks with Hailemariam will also focus on migration issues and the battle against terrorism.

    More Here...

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  • Capital city tightens security to repel spreading protests

    Amid panic among residents of the capital city, Addis Ababa, following the renewed protest in the surrounding towns of the Oromia Special Zone, the city’s Police Commission said yesterday that it has tightened its security around city to contain the spreading Oromo protest from entering the city.

    The protest started to spread across towns in the Oromia Special Zone, following the deadly Irrecha stampede that claimed the lives of at least 53 people and injured hundreds more.

    The tragic incident came after a heated protest at the annual Irrecha festival interrupted and after the region’s Special Forces have decided to use tear gas to disperse the protest.

    The firing of tear gas resulted in the public rushing off to safety causing heightened commotion and stampede around the scared grounds of Lake Hora, where Irrecha is celebrated every year.

    The statement issued by the government blamed the tragic stampede on groups who instigated chaos in the crowd deliberately resulting in the deaths of many innocent civilians.

    Meanwhile, activists accuse the government of firing more than tear gas and go to the extent of claiming that the accident was caused by the coordinated ground and air attack employing “helicopters and live rounds”  on protestors resulting in people falling in the lake, ditches and/or caught in middle if a deadly stampede.  

    Following the funeral ceremony of many of the victims, widespread protest and unrest broke out around Sebeta, Furi and Burayou and other districts surrounding Addis Ababa.

    As a result, on Tuesday and Wednesday, Addis Ababa was noticeably quite with shops closed and transportation shortages observed around Mexico, Tor Hailoch, Ayer Tena and Jemo Condo site, as well as in the neighborhoods of Ashewa Meda, Asko and nearby places around Kolfe-Keranyo Sub City.

    However, the City’s Police Commission Commissioner, Girma Kassa told The Reporter that “the residents (of Addis Ababa) has been caught by fear of unrest yet there is no credible incidents that affect its security”. More Here

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  • UN wants access to Ethiopia protest areas

     

     

    The UN's human rights high commissioner (OHCHR) has repeated a demand that the Ethiopian government allow his office access to the protest-hit areas of the country. This comes after a week of protests sparked by the deaths at a religious festival in a town in Oromia on Sunday.

    In a statement, the OHCHR says that "independent observers" should be allowed to go to "the Oromia and Amhara regions to speak to all sides and assess the facts". It adds that "the protests have apparently been fuelled in part by a lack of trust in the authorities’ account of events", but it calls on all sides to remain calm.

    The OHCHR says it is also concerned about the arrest of two bloggers, Seyoum Teshoume and Natnael Feleke, earlier this week.

    "We urge the government to release those detained for exercising their rights to free expression and opinion. Silencing criticism will only deepen tensions," it says.

    BBC News

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  • US concerns about the current protests in Ethiopia

    Hello. We have been closely following your comments and reactions over the past few days and we recognize both your anger and frustration. At the same time, it means a lot to us that you see this page as a place where you can express yourselves freely and recognize that much of the frustration we see comes from the high expectations you hold for the United States. We believe in the value of freedom of expression, even when it is used to criticize. The dialogue we have with you is important for addressing misunderstandings and building trust on both sides and we hope you will continue to share your views with us as constructively as possible.

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  • The Prominent Ethiopian Politician Engineer Hailu Shawel Passed Away

     

    The Prominent Ethiopian Politician Engineer Hailu Shawel Passed Away

      

     

     

    According to Wikipedia

    Hailu Shawul (also spelled Shawel; Shawil) (Ge’ez: ሃይሉ ሻዉል; born 1936) is an Ethiopian engineer and the chairman of the Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD). He was born in Northern Shewa.

    Hailu Shawul was the chairman of Kinijit and succeeded Professor Asrat Woldeyes as the head of the All-Amhara People’s Organization (AAPO). However, some sources dispute his presidency and show that the AAPO’s split into two factions – the All Ethiopian Unity Party (AEUP) and the United Ethiopian Democratic Party-Medhin – was due to Hailu Shawel not gaining the presidency and thus creating his own party. Many believe that the division was tactically mediated by the EPRDF government interference.

    He contributed to the transformation of the AAPO into the multi-ethnic AEUP, which was one of several that united October 2004 in the CUD, with the goal of fielding candidates in the May 15, 2005 general elections.

     

     

     

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  • Oromo protests: Ethiopia arrests blogger Seyoum Teshome

    Ethiopian police have arrested a blogger who criticised the government, especially its handling of the ongoing protests in the Oromia and Amhara regions.

    Seyoum Teshome, an outspoken university lecturer who has been quoted frequently by foreign media outlets about the anti-government protests, was detained on October 1 at his home in Woliso town in the Oromia region.

    Ethiopia's government spokesman, Getachew Reda, told The Associated Press news agency on Tuesday that he had heard about Seyoum's arrest and is investigating the reasons why.

    Days before his arrest, Seyoum told the AP that he was planning to start his doctoral studies at Addis Ababa University and was starting his own blogging website, Ethiothinkthank. He wrote about Ethiopia's anti-government protests on his blogging site and Facebook page.

    "This arrest of a prominent writer and commentator is deeply disturbing as it comes against a backdrop of government moves to stifle protests and criticism," said Robert Mahoney, deputy director of the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists. "Seyoum Teshome should be released without delay and without condition."

    Ethiopia is the third worst jailer of journalists in Africa, and a number of journalists are serving jail terms for writing critical pieces about the government, said the journalists' group.

    The arrest came a day before dozens of people were killed in the Oromia region.

     

    They were crushed in a stampede after government forces fired tear gas and bullets to disperse protesters during the annual Irreecha thanksgiving celebration of the Oromo people.

    The government has said that 55 people died, but online activists and opposition groups outside Ethiopia claim the death toll is much higher.

    The incident has sparked renewed protests in many towns across Oromia, where over the past year anti-government protests have called for respect for human rights, wider freedoms and the release of detained opposition figures and journalists.

     

    Witnesses said that many people were crushed to death and others fell into ditches as they tried desperately to escape police. Shoes and clothing littered the scene of the disaster as a small group of angry residents dug for bodies in a deep ditch.

    On Monday, Human Rights Watch called for an independent investigation and said the government should "end the use of deadly force to quell largely peaceful protests that began nearly a year ago".

    Protests started among the Oromo - Ethiopia's biggest ethnic group - in November. They later spread to the Amhara, the second-most largest in the country.

    Both groups say a ruling multi-ethnic coalition is dominated by the Tigray ethnic group, which makes up about six percent of the population.

    Source: Associated Press

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