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  • Oromo protesters 'force suspension of Ethiopia university exams'- BBC

    Ethiopia's university entrance exams, due to start today, have been cancelled because one of the papers has been leaked online, reports the government-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate.

    Pictures of the English exam have been widely shared on social media.

    Minister of Education Shiferaw Shigute is quoted as saying: “After a cross check, we decided to terminate the whole exam since we had no evidence that the other exams were safe."

    People supporting the protests for greater rights for Ethiopia's Oromo people are saying that they are responsible for the leak.

    Photographs of some of the exam papers have been posted on one activist's Facebook page:

    The activists said they wanted Oromo students to have more time to study for the entrance exams after their high schools had been closed for several months during a wave of protests at the end of last year and the beginning of this year.

    Ethiopia's education ministry has said that a plan for new exams will be announced soon.

    Source: BBC

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  • U.S. Ambassador Patrica Haslach left Ethiopia

    (by EthioTime) Ambassador of the United States to Ethiopia, Patrica Haslach has left Addis Ababa as she finished her term as U.S. Ambassador for the past three years.  

    She said on Wednesday evening farewell event that, “the end of an assignment is always bittersweet, and that is particularly true today.  As I reflect on the last three years, I’m very proud of how much progress we’ve made, but also very much aware of how far we have to go.”

    We have focused on three pillars in the U.S.- Ethiopia relationship – development and economic growth; human rights and governance; and regional peace and security, she said.  

    All are necessary if Ethiopians are to have the future they aspire to.  All are independent, but interconnected, and there will not be success in one domain without success in all. Patrica also stressed that Ethiopia is an important partner for the United States mentioning President Obama’s visit last years as high point of her time in Ethiopia.

    “I am also worried by recent developments, which have the potential to threaten the progress that the people and government of Ethiopia have made.  I know there is a great deal of fear and frustration in Ethiopia, including among our diverse and talented staff,” said Patrica.

    “I can tell you that we continue to engage with the government of Ethiopia, urging its officials at all levels to uphold Ethiopia’s constitutional guarantees of democratic government and respect for human rights and the rule of law.  As President Obama said last year:  “Making sure to open additional space for journalists, for media, for opposition voices, will strengthen rather than inhibit the agenda that the Prime Minister and the ruling party has put forward.” 

    Even in the United States, the world’s oldest democracy, we continue to strive for improvement, by acknowledging our challenges and working to overcome them.  Freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, transparency, and accountability are essential elements of good governance and democracy. 

    The leaving Ambassador also noted that, as U.S. Assistant Secretary for Human Rights, Tom Malinowski said in his recent article in allafrica.com (and on our Embassy Facebook page), “Because of the friendship and common interests our two nations share, the U.S. has a stake in Ethiopia's prosperity, stability and success. When Ethiopia does well, it is able to inspire and help others.  On the other hand, a protracted crisis in Ethiopia would undermine the goals that both nations are trying to achieve together.”  I want you to know that our message is clear:  anyone who wants Ethiopia to develop and to succeed must understand that Ethiopia will be strongest when all voices are heard and government is accountable to all.  Unlawful detention and abuse must end.

    Image:U.S. Ambassador Patrica Haslach

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  • Fire Broke at Qilinito Prison: Causality due to gun shots and stumped has escalated to 20

     

    The Qilinto maximum security prison, located in southern Addis Abeba, caught fire this morning. Intensive gunfire ensued following the fire accident, creating a tense situation among local residents in the area.

    Addis Abeba’s fire brigade chief declined to make a comment on the accident as fire fighters, emergency service providers and first responders continue to battle the blaze, according to eye witnesses.

    Under the Federal Prison Administration, Qilinto hosts the country’s high profile political prisoners. Inmates are reportedly being moved away from harm’s way, amidst continued gunfire by prison guards and local police, supposedly to prevent any prison breaks. There is heavy presence of security forces from the federal police around the scene, an eye witness told Fortune.

    We will update this story as our reporter on the ground brings more details.

    Update: The fire is now under control, while there is a reported loss of life on one inmate. The cause of the fire, currently under investigation, started in a kitchen.

    Update: Causality due to gun shots and stumped has escalated to 20, while three fire fighters are admitted to hospitals due to suffocation. Cause of fire is reportedly deliberate act to escape , according to sources. the federal police unit has taken over security from the Federal Prison Administration.

    Source: Addis Fortune 

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  • Prime Minister Hailemariam clicks ‘merciless measure’

    (by EthioTime) Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn in a half-hearted approach announced that his rule will take merciless measures once again.  

    However Hailemariam tried to be as bold as he could towards the latest tension in Ethiopia on his statement opened only for state run media mainly EBC, last night, many are still labeling his words of no value at a time.

    People are being reported for having said that this statement would rather fuel the current protest against the rule in the country.

    The Prime Minister in his speech claimed that the protest against the government is being fueled by anti-government group funded in pack of money. Despite his this address to the public it has been reported that grievance have continued in parts of Amhara region.  

    However he didn’t mention Egypt exactly as source of the fund for the opposition group, he said “the longstanding enemies of our country who do not want us to use our natural resources are conspiring to weaken and dismantle the country with massive funding to ‘extremist diaspora’ group”.

    At this point he has ordered all security personnel to take merciless measure against anyone who are believed to involve in this process.     

    Seen while speaking at the national television Hailemariam has displayed indifference in some of his points especially while warning for merciless measures to be taken against the protest.

    His last night statement seems to reflect that the ruling party is not ready to accept the public grievance coming from multiple socio-economic burden in the East African country. Analysis fear this warning would rather aggravate the situation by promoting the mass protest to a higher bloodshed.

    The Prime Minister also said that his party is in renewal while he promised for more package of job for the youth.

    Image: Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn

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  • Amhara region Chief Gedu Andargachew lost from political power

    (by EthioTime) President of the Amhara regional state, Gedu Andargachew, has been removed from political power, according to sources that the regional party, Amhara National Democratic Movements, central committee decided to strip off Gedu’s power.

    The decision is said to limit Gedu’s involvement in administrative functions while he is also deputy chairman of the party. It was reported that the Party Central Committee claim that Gedu amassed excessive power and failed to tend the political health of the party.

    Sources also indicate that, some other regional officials have also been removed from office in the region.

    Gedu will be limited to governmental functions after now, while Party Chairman Ethiopia’s Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen will make all party related decisions, it was learned.  

    The Bahir Dar. The regional capital, demonstration in the weekend went beyond denouncing TPLF and left many people died.

    Image: Gedu Andargachew

     

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