ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua)
-- Ethiopia’s ruling Ethiopian
People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) and 15
opposition parties agreed on Friday to reform the
country’s electoral system and scrap the simple majority
new electoral rule, Ethiopia will have a hybrid
electoral system composed of 80 percent simple majority
vote system and 20 percent proportional vote electoral
sides have been locked in discussions for months on
reforming Ethiopia’s electoral law which follows simple
majority vote system.
fragmented opposition parties say the simple majority
system unfairly favors EPRDF and marginalizes the
diverse voices of opposition supporters.
opposition parties also agreed to increase the federal
parliamentary seats from the current 547 to 660 to
accommodate the electoral system changes.
In the last
national election in May 2015, EPRDF and allied regional
parties swept all 547 federal parliamentary seats,
sparking criticism against the simple majority voting
Ethiopia nabs rebels
over suspected bomb plot
ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua)
-- Ethiopia’s security forces
announced on Wednesday they apprehended two members of
an outlawed rebel group Ginbot 7 who were preparing bomb
attacks in Ethiopia’s northern Amhara regional state.
statement by the Joint-Anti Terrorism Task Force and
Ethiopia Federal Police said the suspects were caught
with four grenades as they were preparing to attack
entertainment places in Bahir Dar city, the capital of
Amhara regional state.
statement went on to blame Ethiopia’s arch rival Eritrea
for the bomb plot, accusing it of supporting terror
plots in various parts of Ethiopia.
alleges Patriots-Ginbot 7 and other rebel groups are
supported by Eritrea. Eritrea in turn accuses Ethiopia
of supporting Eritrean rebel groups and running an
international campaign to isolate the Red Sea nation.
been a province of Ethiopia from 1952-1993, until a
bitter 30-year armed struggle followed by a referendum
in 1993 gave Eritrea independence from Ethiopia.
two nations relapsed into conflict five years later in a
bloody border war between 1998-2000 that left an
estimated 70,000 people dead from both sides.
the common border between Eritrea and Ethiopia has had
an uneasy calm punctuated occasionally by sporadic armed
Ethiopia to repatriate
residents displaced by Oromia-Somali conflict
ADDIS ABABA, (Xinhua) --
The Ethiopian government will repatriate
tens of thousands of people displaced by recent
conflicts along the boundary of Somali and Oromia
regional states, an official said on Thursday.
journalists, Mitiku Kassa, Commissioner of Ethiopia
National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRC),
said the repatriation will go hand in hand with a peace
conference aimed to build trust and confidence of
residents and officials from both regional states.
exclusively to Xinhua in October, Negeri Lencho,
Minister of Ethiopia Government Communication Affairs
Office (GCAO), said Ethiopia’s defense forces and police
will be deployed in conflict hotspot areas along the
1,500-km-long border between the two regional states to
keep peace and aid the repatriation.
biggest regional states Oromia and Ethiopia Somali have
been locked in a dispute over the delineation of their
common boundary for almost two decades.
in October 2004 was supposed to demarcate the boundary
between the two regional states, but its implementation
has been stalled ever since with both sides accusing
each other of non-compliance with the referendum
clashes along the Oromia-Somali boundary in September
left scores of people dead and tens of thousands
Germany pledges 246 USD
to support Ethiopia’s development
ADDIS ABABA, (Xinhua) --
Ethiopia and Germany on Friday signed a
summary record agreement worth 212.6 million euros
(about 246 U.S. dollars) to support Ethiopia’s
agreement, which will be applied as a framework shaping
the development cooperation between the two countries
during 2017-2020, focuses on agriculture, education and
agreement on Friday, Admasu Nebebe, Ethiopian Deputy
Minister of Finance and Economic Cooperation, said the
East African country will give due emphasis in the
agricultural sector, as it remains the source of
livelihood and employment for the majority of
the minister, the agreement signed will assist rural
poverty reduction, food security improvement and
conservation and sustainable use of the country’s huge
agreement will also support the vaccination program,
upgrading the water supply in refugee camps and refugee
host communities in the country, it was noted.
Kenyan police nab 132
Ethiopians for illegal stay
Chris Mgidu NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan police on Friday interrogated 132
Ethiopian nationals after arresting them in a security
operation at a residential estate in Nairobi.
commander Joseph Gichangi said the illegal immigrants
had sneaked into the country from Moyale by road and
were in the process of being smuggled to South Africa.
suspects were arrested on Friday afternoon in a
residential house in Mihango. We don’t know how they
passed many police roadblocks without being detected,”
Gichangi told journalists in Nairobi.
during the sting operation, the security officers
arrested two Kenyan nationals profiled as transporters
in the illegal human trafficking trade.
operation carried out on Oct. 6 in Mihango led to the
arrest of another 67 Ethiopian immigrants.
immigration officials have decried increased cases in
which Ethiopian nationals are nabbed in the country
while on transit to Tanzania or South Africa.
difficulties in dealing with the illegal immigrants as
they can not speak in Swahili and English.
occasion the immigrants were found locked up in
congested rooms in Kenyan towns and cities but the trade
continues to thrive even as many were repatriated.
authorities have blamed the vastness of the region for
the runaway influx of foreigners into Kenya through
Moyale on Kenya-Ethiopia borders.