If the western educated, self-taught, Jawar Mohammed can articulate in such a way and remain independent, why is Birtukan Midekessa, the much talked about a politician who was groomed by known U.S. democratic institutions for so long become a footsoldier for Abiy? Does the U.S. care about Ethiopia? I am very much pleasantly surprised by Jawar today - Zeru Hagos May 2020
More arrests in Sidama as authorities refuse to hand power to new region
Five months after the people of Sidama Zone voted in a referendum to become a regional state, many Sidama people are anxious about unconstitutional delays in the transfer of power from the Southern Nations region to the new federal state. Furthermore, local Prosperity Party officials are violating with impunity the human rights of Sidama people demanding respect for the vote.
Coronavirus could 'smoulder' in Africa for several years, WHO warns
"While Covid-19 likely won't spread as exponentially in Africa as it has elsewhere in the world, it likely will smoulder in transmission hotspots," said the director of the World Health Organization's Africa region, Dr Matshidiso Moeti. "Covid-19 could become a fixture in our lives for the next several years..."
Unless Abiy wants to go against the experts, the COVID19 pandemic/epidemic will not peak any time soon in Africa. It will remain smoldering. Now is the time to carry the election with some discipline. You can not wait for Godot as they say. Ethiopian politicians should demand in unison to hold an election now with all the challenges! The alternative is worst since no one knows when COVID19 will end!!
Ethiopia's Tigray region eyes election in challenge to national unity
Ethiopia's Tigray region plans to hold elections, its main party said, setting it on a collision course with the federal government and testing the country's fragile unity.The Horn of Africa country in March postponed parliamentary and regional elections scheduled for August due to the novel coronavirus outbreak. A new date has yet to be set, and parliament failed to settle on one in a meeting on Tuesday.
It is issues like this the international community easily understands. TPLF should use all in its means to educate the international community a Nobel Prize winner PM is threatening to use power to stop people from voting in an election. TPLF must in no uncertain terms tell the U.S. its right-hand man in Addis is blocking people from voting. ሽጥ
መዓንጣ and by all means necessary!!!
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus: The Ethiopian at the heart of the coronavirus fight
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the World Health Organization (WHO), is something of a superstar these days.
The entire planet hangs on his every word as he explains, during regular press conferences at WHO headquarters in Geneva, just how widespread the Covid-19 pandemic now is and what countries must do to defeat it.
In Ethiopia, except political crises, there are no Constitutional crises
W. Yilma 5/7/20 - Since Abiy came to power his aspiration is to establish a one-man dictatorial regime, a replica of the Asmara regime. To fulfill this, he created his own party called Prosperity Party (PP) by dissolving illegally EPRDF.The second is to create man-made constitutional crises, with the aim to get a loop-hole either to amend or totally to abolish it. He is almost near to achieve this under the tutorship of Isayas Afewrki...
Thinking out Loud about Future Ethiopia.
Zeru Hagos May 6, 2020 -The Abiy government has made it clear it has no desire to hold the periodic election as stipulated in the constitution. I honestly thought Birtukan Midekesa may have learned a little about how to run an election during her stay in the U.S. and will be a fair person. Little did I know she was...The question now is when will the Tigrai parliament declare a date for a new election in the region and invoke...
Federal Judge restores NY presidential primary, rules cancellation is unconstitutional.
NEW YORK (AP) -- A federal judge says the New York Democratic presidential primary must take place June 23 because canceling it would be unconstitutional. Judge Analisa Torres ruled Tuesday. She heard arguments a day earlier as lawyers for withdrawn presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Andrew Yang argued that it was wrong to cancel the primary.
Let alone a national election, even a party primary election is considered too important and constitutional by a New York Judge! The New York area is the epic center for COVID19 in the U.S.A. Compare such a decision to the Abiy government's decision to bypass the national election in Ethiopia where COVID19 has not yet significantly materialized for over two months. It is sad Birtukan who was groomed in the U.S. as an opposition figure is the number one enabler of Abiy to undo the constitution!!!.
Why Africa should default sovereign debt amid the COVID 19 pandemic
Minga Negash 05-07-20 - At the time of writing this commentary (May 6, 2020) the John Hopkins University's Coronavirus Resource Center puts global infection and death respectively at 3.7 million and 258K, of which about a third are in the United States. No one is spared from the calamity, but the demographic breakdown of the victims reveals that race, gender, and wealth remain important variables...
Tsega Gebrekirstos 05-07-20
Quo Vadis Tigray: What Now?
Faato, 05/07/2020 - As the saying goes, ‘the tough is going, and the going is tougher’. Ethiopia is going to the high cliff and deep dark unless politicians and the elite come to their sense and at least ease the fast-going tensions. Sense of frustration, anger, despair and losing hope is prevailing and darkening the heart from every corner of life...
Ethiopia's Tigray region eyes election in challenge to national unity
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia's Tigray region plans to hold elections, its main party said, setting it on a collision course with the federal government and testing the country's fragile unity. "...The Tigray regional council can decide to hold elections and have the power to actually carry out the election," Jawar said.
An Existential Question of Ethiopia Beyond the Uncertain Horizons: A Looming Legitimacy Crisis
Tesfaye Yehualashet 05-05-20 - For everyone that have been following the political dynamics of Ethiopia's recent past, it is in everyone's memory that after four years of street protests, the "late" ruling Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) elected Abiy Ahmed Ali, Prime Minister on 2 April 2018. The incumbent Prime Minister, after admitting
Remembering the lives of MamaKiros and Ageazi
Dawit Abay 05-05-20 - We humans forget. It is a blessing that we can forget certain things. We need also to be reminded of our past to be inspired, to be human, and work out our differences. That why we have history and monuments in various forms. We need them during times of changes and challenges as we are facing now in the form a pandemic and national questions.
Ethiopian Brings Convenience to Cargo Customers through Digitized Service
Addis Ababa, 04 May, 2020 - Ethiopian Airlines, the Largest Aviation Group in Africa and SKYTRAX Certified Four Star Global Airline introduced a mobile app and chatbot-assisted shipment tracking service to elevate cargo customers' experience.
TPLF Executive Leadership Statement (Amharic)- May 04, 2020
TPLF executive leadership statement regarding current issues including the hot Ethiopian election politics. TPLF reaffirms its desire to work with all political parties in the country for a peaceful, fair, and free election. In the event the current federal government fails to hold a free and fair election in time according to the constitution, TPLF is committed to uphold the constitution and the right of the Tigrean people. To that end, TPLF will start preparations to hold a free and fair regional election.
The Ethiopian General Election, Constitutional Crisis and Legitimacy
Makonnen Tesfaye; May 2, 2020 - The writing was on the wall for some time now. The Covid-19 card is the joker in the pack. The illegitimate Government of Colonel Abiy Ahmed decision to extend the usurpation of state power by unconstitutional means is the culmination of the many and repeated violations of the Democratic Federal Constitution of the Country. The last and ultimate excuse of the Corona Virus Pandemic for not holding the scheduled General Election and the fabrication of a "constitutional crisis" must register...