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  • The third National Anti-Corruption Coalition Meeting Opened Today

    Prime Minister HailThe third National Anti-Corruption Coalition Meeting Opened Today emariam Desalegn has said the government is working to weaken rent seeking attitude and decisively tackle good governance problems. The Premier made the remark while opening the third National Anti-Corruption Coalition meeting here today. He urged the Federal Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (FEACC) to work its level best to bring corruption offenders to justice and recover public properties lost to corruption. Corruption and malpractice have reached to the level where they need immediate solutions, while rent seeking is being widely seen in urban areas, it was indicated at the meeting. (FBC)
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    Image: PM Hailemariam Desalegn.(FBC)

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  • Student, security forces clash continue in Ethiopia

    By Elias Meseret, DireTube Correspondent

    (DireTube News. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) - Violent clashes between security forces and student protesters has entered into its fourth week in Ethiopia. The two sides began the confrontation, which opposition figures say has caused the death of more than 40 people so far, after Oromo students in various parts of the country began protesting against the government’s new master plan for Addis Ababa which they call will incorporate lands into the capital city and displace thousands of Oromo farmers.

    “In addition to the controversy surrounding the planned Addis Ababa master plan, I think the government’s repressive nature is also the main cause for the latest student protests. For me, this is an expression of the youth’s frustration with the government,” Merara Gudina, a prominent opposition figure told DireTube.  

    However, the government alleges that no land will be acceded from the Oromia Region to the capital and police has called the organizers of the protests ‘anti- peace forces.’ Officials said the key pillars of the project are aimed at bringing structural change to the city and make it integrated and shared with its surrounding towns.

    Speaking with local media representatives on Wednesday, Getachew Reda of the Government Communications Affairs office said the protests over the planned Addis Ababa Master Plan is now changing its course.

    “The attempt of anarchists to conStudent, security forces clash continue in Ethiopia   fiscate arms from government security forces in some areas has claimed lives,” Getachew said adding that this act is indicative of the fact that the issue with those people has nothing to do with the master plan. He has went to blame organizations like Ginbot 7, OLF, the Oromo Federalist Congress as well as the Eritrean regime for the ensuing chaos.
    Rights groups on this part have continued to draw alarm to the ongoing clashes.

    Felix Horne, Human Right Watch’s Researcher, said the Ethiopian government should ensure that the use of excessive force by its security personnel stops immediately. “This would be the best way for the Ethiopian government to show its concern about the deaths and injuries inflicted on the students,” Horne said.  

    In the same manner, Amnesty International said on Dec. 16 that protesters have been labelled ‘terrorists’ by Ethiopian authorities in an attempt to violently suppress protests against potential land seizures.

    “A statement issued by state intelligence services today claims that the Oromia protesters were planning to ‘destabilize the country’ and that some of them have a ‘direct link’ with a group that has been collaborating with other proven terrorist parties,” Amnesty said in its statement on Wednesday. “Instead of condemning the unlawful killings by the security forces, which have seen the deaths of more than 40 people in the last three weeks, this statement in effect authorizes excessive use of force against peaceful protesters.”

    The Oromo Studies Association, based in the US, has stressed that protesting students were met by heavily armed and equipped special Ethiopian police force units who fire into the crowds with deadly impact.  

    “The Master Plan is unconstitutional,” a statement the Association issued on December 9 reads adding that it fully support the rights of the students who initiated the protests and the rights of those who have now joined them in massive numbers. “The plan has the direct effect of forcible transfer, displacement, dislocation and dispossession of the Oromo population from the area in which they are historically indigenous.”

    In April and May 2014, Oromo students’ protest against the Master Plan was also met with force and a number of students were also killed.

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    Image: Students on protest in Oromia. (google).

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  • Government Takes Serious Measures on Anti-Peace Forces

    (FBC) Prime MiniGovernment Takes Serious Measures on Anti-Peace Forcesster Hailemariam Desalegn has said yesterday that the government along with the public is taking serious measures against anti-peace forces. The Premier told EBC that the violence instigated by anti-peace forces in some parts of Oromia under the pretext of the Addis Ababa- Oromia special zone integrated master plan is totally unacceptable. The master plan is only a draft document tabled for public discussion which could be amended or even rejected if it doesn’t get approval by the public.
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    Image: PM Hailemartiam Desalegn. FBC.

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  • Ethiopian Intelligence Officer Killed in Somalia

    AN ETHIOPEthiopian Intelligence Officer Killed in SomaliaIAN intelligence officer was shot dead by unidentified militants during an attack in the city of Hargeysa in Somalia's Woqooyi Galbeed region in the autonomous region of Somaliland on 11 December, Radio Kulmiye reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.
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    Image: Ethiopian troops in Somalia.

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  • Ethiopian launches flights to Durban and adds fourth India freighter service

    The service ET 845/84Ethiopian launches flights to Durban and adds fourth India freighter service4 will link Durban to and from Addis Ababa every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, for now, though growing demand will see the number of weekly flights eventually expand. Durban is the third South African city getting connected after Johannesburg and Cape Town by Ethiopian Airlines, making it a whopping 53rd destinations across Africa, more than any other airline on the continent. It will also be the airline’s 92nd international destination overall, affirming Ethiopian’s undisputed claim to be Africa’s number one airline.

    Mean while, Ethiopian Airlines has added its fourth Indian destination, Bengaluru, to its Addis Ababa-based freighter network. The African carrier already flies all-cargo planes to New Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai. It currently has four 777Fs in its fleet and two 757Fs.
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  • Sudan Hoped Agreement Could be reached on the Upcoming Tripartite Talk

    Sudanese Foreign Minister IbSudan Hoped Agreement Could be reached on the Upcoming Tripartite Talkrahim Ghandour told Egyptian state news Agency MENA that he believes an agreement between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia on the controversial Ethiopian Renaissance dam could be reached in the upcoming round of talks set for 27, 28 December. Ghandour explained to MENA that the last tripartite meeting between the three countries over the dam, which took place in Khartoum last Friday and Saturday, achieved a number of positive results.

    Citing Sudanese officials, some Egyptian local media had reported that last weekend's talks have ended in failure. The Sudanese FM said that the officials preferred not to reveal any of the results to the media, expressing hopes that officials from the three countries reach a consensus on the issue. "Officials from the three countries agreed not to talk to the media about the accords reached during the last meeting as statements by officials in the media are sometimes taken out of context," the FM said.
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    Image: Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour (L) attends a meeting of the tripartite technical committee on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on Decembre 12, 2015 in the Sudanese capital Khartoum. (AFP)

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