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  • PM Hailemariam removes Shiferaw Shigute

    (by EthioTime) Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn has been reported to have removed his other regional comrade, Education Minister Shiferaw Shigute in a week time after Mekuria Haile has been sacked from Ministry of Housing and Urban Development.

    Many people in the East African country have been suspicion toward the capacity of Shiferaw to up hold ministerial post especially the education where country’s educational institutions suffer from curricula being abandoned due to funding cuts, unqualified – but party-loyal – lecturers, and shoddily built institutions.

    Ethiopia’s higher education infrastructure has mushroomed in the last 15 years. The rapid growth of Ethiopia’s higher education system has come at a cost, but it is moving forward all the same, according to The Telegraph.

    Despite this fact, the Ministry of Education under leadership of Shiferaw, higher education entrance exam leaking scandal plagued the nation all round to blockage of social media sites pressing the Ministry to cancel Higher Education entrance exam schedule in May this year.  

    Shiferaw is an executive committee member of EPRDF and former president of South Region. However, EPRDF council announced last week a plan to conduct massive "clean up" including its top leadership which is followed by Hailemariam’s signoff to sack two ministers. The public seems annoyed with the act of taking the “small fish” down.  

    Image: Shiferaw Shigute

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  • Frightened Feyissa can come back home says Ethiopia’s gov’t

    (by EthioTime) Ethiopia’s government vowed to Olympian Feyissa Lelisa who earned a silver medal in men's marathon at the Rio Olympics that he will not face any problem while returning back home.

    Feyisa won’t face any problem due to his political stance, Getachew Reda, Government Communication Affairs Office Minister told a local radio station on Monday.

    Getachew was heard saying that “though it is impossible to express a political stance at Olympic Games, the athlete will be welcomed while returning home along with other members of the Ethiopian Olympic squad”.

    Feyissa however has told reporters in Rio that he will possibly be jailed or killed upon his arrival to Ethiopia.  "If not kill me, they will put me in prison," he said. "I have not decided yet, but maybe I will move to another country." He also told journalists he would prefer to go to America.

    As he took the silver medal, Feyissa Lelisa crossed his arms above - a gesture made by the Oromo and other people who have suffered brutal police crackdowns.

    Despite government’s vow to welcome the athlete many people are expressing their doubt about this promise by the government.

    In related development more than $20,000 has been raised for Feyessa's political asylum process.

    Image:  Feyissa in Rio

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  • Meet S. Sudan Minister acting ‘Rambo’

    The man pictured here is Hon. Mabior Garang De Mabior, the current Minister for Water Resources and Irrigation in the Republic of South Sudan.

    De Mabior who is the son to former President, Dr Garang is serving in the Unity government courtesy of Dr Riek Machar. ‪

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  • More than 400 shops burned to ashes in Gonder

     

    (by EthioTime) One of the focal point of the recent unrest in Ethiopia, Gonder, more than 400 shops burnt to ashes according local media source, FBC. 

    Gonder city administration police said the fire accident started yesterday around 10pm local time. Police PR Inspector Abebe Alebachew said the causes of the fire that burned 400 shops to ashes  have not been yet known. He said the incident is under investigation.

    The city administration’s communication affair vice Ato Sisay Adane said the city administration is preparing itself to help the victims to rehabilitate.

    Human causalities have not been reported because of the fire accident although huge material loses.

    In Ethiopia, since the unrest, fire accident has been reported in the maximum security prison Qilinito and,  in prisons in Amhara and Oromia region. Despite the gov’t assertion 32 inmates died because of suffocation and fire in Qilinito prison, oppositions argued the fire is a cover to kill political prisoners. EthioTime has not known if the current fire accident is connected to the accidents reported related with the protests.

    This story is developing, refresh for updates. (EthioTime.Com)

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  • Ethiopia protests: What’s behind the trouble in Gondar?

     

    Sunday's protest in Ethiopia involving thousands of people in Gondar, a city in Amhara region, is a rare example of an anti-government demonstration in the country.

    It was organised on social media but no group has taken responsibility for it. The demonstration comes two weeks after another protests in the city in which 15 people died, including members of the security forces and civilians.


    What's behind the protests?

    At the root of the recent demonstrations is a request by representatives from the Welkait community - known as the Welkait Amhara Identity Committee - that their land, which is currently administered by the Tigray regional state, be moved into neighbouring Amhara region.

    The Welkait committee says community members identify themselves as ethnic Amharas and say they no longer want to be ruled by Tigrayans.

    Demonstrations began a fortnight ago but leaders of the Welkait community have been asking for the move for a year.

    Amharas used to form the country's elite and the language remains the most widely spoken in the country.


    Is that the only issue?

    Observers say that Ethiopia's governing coalition is dominated by the party from the small Tigray region (TPLF), and some see the protests as a way of criticising the country's government.

    When Sunday's demonstration was organised on social media, no mention was made of other issues, but during the protest banners could be seen expressing solidarity with people from the Oromia region.

    Since November last year, the government has been dealing with a wave of protests in Oromia as people complain about alleged marginalisation. Those demonstrations began over a plan to expand the federal capital, Addis Ababa, into Oromia. That plan has been dropped, but the issue highlighted grievances with the government which have not gone away.

    The Oromos are Ethiopia's most populous ethnic group.

    People on Sunday were also calling for the release of a group of 18 Muslims who were imprisoned last year under controversial anti-terror legislation. Read more here

    Source: BBC

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