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Ethiopia: Ministers Chosen for Competence, Not Loyalty – PM

Ethiopia: Ministers Chosen for Competence, Not Loyalty – PM

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has announced a Cabinet reshuffle, following months of often-violent protests which led the government to declare a state of emergency. Ethiopia’s parliament has unanimously approved 21 new appointees, the prime minister said Tuesday. He said the new ministers were picked for competence and commitment rather than “party loyalty.” The appointees […]

Ethiopia: Ministry Pledges to End Child Marriage, FGM

Ethiopia: Ministry Pledges to End Child Marriage, FGM

The Ministry of Women and Children Affairs marked International Girl Child Day for the 3rd time in Ethiopia with a theme: ” Let’s keep our promise and commitment to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and control child early and forced marriage (CEFM) and other harmful traditional practices to ensure women participation and competency” here yesterday. […]

Dozens Shot Dead In Anti-Government Protests Across Ethiopia Says Opposition

Dozens Shot Dead In Anti-Government Protests Across Ethiopia Says Opposition

Dozens of people were shot dead by security forces in protests across Ethiopia’s Oromiya and Amhara regions at the weekend, residents and opposition officials have said. Unrest flared in Oromiya for several months until early this year over plans to allocate farmland surrounding the regional capital for development. Authorities scrapped the scheme in January, but […]

A Day In The Digital Life Of Africa

A Day In The Digital Life Of Africa

Africa is in the throes of a technological revolution, leapfrogging computers in favour of internet connections through mobile phones. A fifth of the continent now have access to a broadband connection, a figure predicted to triple in the next five years. But how are phones and the internet changing the lives of ordinary Africans? And […]

Human Rights Watch Says More Than 400 Killed in Ethiopia Protests

Human Rights Watch Says More Than 400 Killed in Ethiopia Protests

Ethiopian security forces killed more than 400 people in their bid to quell protests that wracked the Horn of Africa country’s vast Oromiya province since November, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday. Plans to allocate farmland in Ethiopia’s largest region surrounding the capital for development sparked fierce demonstrations in November and spread for months, in […]

Food Aid to Run Out in Ethiopia Unless Donors Step in, Says Charity

Food Aid to Run Out in Ethiopia Unless Donors Step in, Says Charity

“The international community has just three weeks to provide $245 million in emergency food aid to help prevent a potentially catastrophic escalation in severe acute malnutrition (SAM) cases…” it said in a statement. “If these emergency funds do not arrive in time, there is no question that there will be a critical fracture in the […]