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  • Arbegnoch Ginbar agrees to resolve difference peacefully, respect constitutional order


    Addis Ababa, September 6, 2016 (FBC) –The Ethiopian Unity Patriots Front (EUPF) has agreed to resolve its difference peacefully by respecting the constitutional order.

    Chief Commander of the Front’s Military Wing, Tot Palchoi, made the remark after discussion with Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn today.

    EUPF has become an instrument for various bodies, he said, adding “We have decided to resolve our differences peacefully, to respect the constitutional order and to operate peacefully.”

    Activities were underway to bring back home members of the Front from the Eritrean and Sudanese borders, according to Tot

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  • Ethiopian government says 23 inmates dead in Qilinto prison fire

     
    Ethiopian government says 23 inmates have died as a result of fire broke out in Qilinto prison last Saturday.

    According to the statement of Ethiopian Federal Government Communication Affairs Office, 21 inmates have died as result of  suffocation from the smoke of the fire, and the remaining two prisoners  were killed while trying to escape from prison.

    Nine prisoners and police members  are receiving medical treatment.

    Two prison buildings and materials in the buildings were destroyed by the fire.

    The cause of the accident is not yet known and its under police investigation.

    The government of Ethiopia has expressed condolences to the families of the victims.

    Source: EBC

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  • Ethiopia says UN observers not needed

    Ethopia has dismissed a plea from the United Nations that it allow international observers to investigate the killing of protesters by security forces during a recent bout of anti-government demonstrations.  

    Getachew Reda, a government spokesman, told Al Jazeera on Thursday that the UN was entitled to its opinion but the government of Ethiopia was responsible for the safety of its own people. 

    Reda's comments came after the UN urged the government to allow observers to investigate the killings of at least 90 protesters in the Oromia and Amhara regions over the weekend. 

    Zeid Raad Al Hussein, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said allegations of excessive use of force must should be investigated and that his office was in discussions with Ethiopian authorities. 

    Reda, however, told Al Jazeera that it was not necessary to send observers to specific parts of the country since the UN already had a "massive" presence in Ethiopia. 

    He said the government would launch its own investigation into whether security forces had used excessive force and would do so in consultation with local people. 

    He blamed what he called "terrorist elements" for stoking the violence from abroad, without giving further detail. 

    At the weekend, an opposition leader told the AFP news agency that up to 50 people were killed as security forces suppressed the protestsAmnesty International put the death toll at 97. 

    Oromia, an area which surrounds the capital Addis Ababa, has seen several months of protests, sparked by plans to allocate farmland in the region for development. 

    Authorities scrapped the land scheme in January, but protests have flared again over the continued detention of opposition demonstrators. 

    Source: Al Jazeera and agencies

     

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  • Ethiopia gets UN Security Council seat


    The UN has been electing non-permanent members of the Security Council and Ethiopia has been chosen to take the place vacated by Angola at the end of the year.

    gypt and Senegal have the other two seats reserved for Africa and they will be stepping down at the end of 2017 when their two-year term comes to an end.

    The UN Security Council has five permanent members - US, UK, Russia, China and France -  and 10 non-permanent members.

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