Showing posts tagged as "ethiopia"

Showing posts tagged ethiopia

3 Jun
Ethiopia: Thousands protest political repression | Miami Herald
By Kirubel Tadesse
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Thousands of Ethiopian demonstrators took to the streets of the capital Sunday demanding the immediate release of jailed journalists and activists in a rare show of public opposition to the ruling party which maintains strict control over the East African nation.
Protesters marched along major streets in the capital, Addis Ababa, shouting “We need freedom,” and “We need justice.” The peaceful rally was the first major demonstration since 2005 post-election unrest when security forces killed hundreds of protesters.
FULL ARTICLE (AP via Miami Herald)
Photo: Unrest in Addis Ababa in June 2005.
Credit: Andrew Heavens/Flickr

Ethiopia: Thousands protest political repression | Miami Herald

By Kirubel Tadesse

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Thousands of Ethiopian demonstrators took to the streets of the capital Sunday demanding the immediate release of jailed journalists and activists in a rare show of public opposition to the ruling party which maintains strict control over the East African nation.

Protesters marched along major streets in the capital, Addis Ababa, shouting “We need freedom,” and “We need justice.” The peaceful rally was the first major demonstration since 2005 post-election unrest when security forces killed hundreds of protesters.

FULL ARTICLE (AP via Miami Herald)

Photo: Unrest in Addis Ababa in June 2005.

Credit: Andrew Heavens/Flickr

28 Mar
"Concerned Western partners, neighbours and governments with special relations with Asmara could play a vital role in preventing a major humanitarian crisis or even the state’s collapse."

—from Crisis Group’s recent report, Eritrea: Scenarios for Future Transition

"To reduce the risk of instability in Eritrea and its neighbourhood, a broad coalition of international actors should take precautionary moves, including immediate and decisive efforts to promote dialogue on avoidance of internal power struggles and mediation of a peaceful transition."

—from Crisis Group’s recent report, Eritrea: Scenarios for Future Transition

"Since the state lacks any institutional mechanisms for peaceful transition of power or even a clearly anointed successor, instability is to be expected, with the corrupt army the likely arbiter of who will rule next."

—from Crisis Group’s recent report, Eritrea: Scenarios for Future Transition

3 Oct
Ethiopia Charts a Chinese Course | IPS
By Ed McKenna
ADDIS ABABA, Oct 3 2012 (IPS) - The death of Ethiopia’s leader of 21 years has raised fears of instability in one of Africa’s fastest-growing non-oil producing nations, which could potentially slow investment activity.
Former Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, who passed away in August, saw foreign direct investment (FDI) as key to his development plan for Ethiopia. This attitude helped shift Ethiopia’s economy from being wholly reliant on the export of agricultural commodities to, for example, utilising abundant labour and cheap power to begin developing a manufacturing industry.
“Without Meles, Ethiopia will struggle to control unrest (ethnic/religious) that could easily spill across regional borders,” a recent International Crisis Group report said.
FULL ARTICLE (IPS)
Photo: A. Davey/Flickr

Ethiopia Charts a Chinese Course | IPS

By Ed McKenna

ADDIS ABABA, Oct 3 2012 (IPS) - The death of Ethiopia’s leader of 21 years has raised fears of instability in one of Africa’s fastest-growing non-oil producing nations, which could potentially slow investment activity.

Former Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, who passed away in August, saw foreign direct investment (FDI) as key to his development plan for Ethiopia. This attitude helped shift Ethiopia’s economy from being wholly reliant on the export of agricultural commodities to, for example, utilising abundant labour and cheap power to begin developing a manufacturing industry.

“Without Meles, Ethiopia will struggle to control unrest (ethnic/religious) that could easily spill across regional borders,” a recent International Crisis Group report said.

FULL ARTICLE (IPS)

Photo: A. Davey/Flickr

21 Sep
Ethiopia’s new leader takes oath of office | AFP
ADDIS ABABA — Ethiopia’s new Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn took the oath of office Friday, vowing to maintain the legacy of long-time ruler Meles Zenawi who died last month.
FULL ARTICLE (AFP)
Photo: World Economic Forum/Flickr

Ethiopia’s new leader takes oath of office | AFP

ADDIS ABABA — Ethiopia’s new Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn took the oath of office Friday, vowing to maintain the legacy of long-time ruler Meles Zenawi who died last month.

FULL ARTICLE (AFP)

Photo: World Economic Forum/Flickr

17 Sep
Ethiopia’s ruling party names acting prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn its new leader | The Washington Post
Ethiopia’s ruling party on Saturday named as its leader acting Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, who took over after the death last month of longtime leader Meles Zenawi, an official said at the end of a congress of party bosses.
As chairman of the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front, or EPRDF, Hailemariam, 47, will almost certainly be confirmed as the country’s prime minister in an upcoming official ceremony. Bereket Simon, Ethiopia’s communications minister, said Hailemariam would be sworn in soon. It remains unclear exactly when, but Bereket said this might happen early next month.
FULL ARTICLE (AP via The Washington Post)
Photo: World Economic Forum/Flickr

Ethiopia’s ruling party names acting prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn its new leader | The Washington Post

Ethiopia’s ruling party on Saturday named as its leader acting Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, who took over after the death last month of longtime leader Meles Zenawi, an official said at the end of a congress of party bosses.

As chairman of the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front, or EPRDF, Hailemariam, 47, will almost certainly be confirmed as the country’s prime minister in an upcoming official ceremony. Bereket Simon, Ethiopia’s communications minister, said Hailemariam would be sworn in soon. It remains unclear exactly when, but Bereket said this might happen early next month.

FULL ARTICLE (AP via The Washington Post)

Photo: World Economic Forum/Flickr

5 Sep

Ethiopia’s Future Without Zenawi is Uncertain | PRI’s The World

One of America’s staunchest allies in South Africa is in the middle of a tricky transition. Ethiopia is facing an uncertain future without its longtime leader, Meles Zenawi.

FULL TRANSCRIPT (PRI’s The World)

28 Aug

Remembering Meles Zenawi, Ethiopia’s Champion | NPR

By Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 

Meles Zenawi came to power in Ethiopia at the head of a rebel army that toppled dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam. For 20 years, he worked to alleviate poverty for Ethiopians, but was accused by his critics of human rights abuses and crushing dissent. Meles died this week at 57.

FULL TRANSCRIPT (NPR)

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27 Aug

Ethiopia | Spotlight Africa with Assumpta Oturu

Saturday, August 25, 2012 3:00 pm

Experts discuss the death of Meles Zenawi and the political transition that is occurring in Ethiopia.

Pacifica Radio

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