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  • Merera Gudina Arrested for trespassing state of emergency rulings

    Ethiopia security forces have detained Prof. Merera Gudina (chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress) upon his arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport.

    Prof. Merera delivered a speech at EU parliament in Brussels on current situation in Ethiopia along with Prof. Berhanu Nega of G7 and athlete Feyisa Lellisa.

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  • Ethiopia Appoints 21 New Ministers

    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 include a new minister of foreign affairs, Workneh Gebeyehu, who replaces Tedros Adhanom, a former health minister who has been one of Ethiopia’s most recognizable public figures in recent years. Adhanom is currently a candidate vying to be the next World Health Organization’s chief.

    Communications Minister and government spokesman Getachew Reda was ousted and replaced by Negeri Lencho, the head of the journalism and communications college at Addis Ababa University.

    Source: VOA


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  • Ethiopia releases 'more than 2,000' held under state of emergency

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    Ethiopia's security forces have freed about 2,000 people detained under a state of emergency on suspicion of being involved in the recent violence which swept through parts of the country, the state-linked Fana Broadcasting Corporate has reported.

    The group had been released after "receiving education and counselling service," it quoted Defence Minister Siraj Fegessa as saying.

    The minister did not say how many people are still in detention.

    On 20 October, the BBC reported that more than 2,600 people had been arrested under the state of emergency, which was imposed on 9 October after a wave of anti-government protests.

    Opposition groups have been demanding greater political freedom in a country ruled by the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front since 1991.

    More than 1,500 weapons had also been recovered by the security forces, FBC reported.

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  • Sebeta administration: "1,000 suspects arrested"

    In Ethiopia, at least 1,000 suspects have been arrested over the violence in Sebeta town near the capital, Addis Ababa, the state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate has reported.

    Only 40 to 50 suspects were natives of the town, while the majority were from other parts of Oromia region, the mayor, Ararsa Merdasa, is quoted as saying.

    Ethiopia has declared a state of emergency to curb unrest in Oromia and Amhara, two regions that have seen a wave of anti-government protests since last year. 

    The mayor added that if there were any innocent people among the 1,000 suspects, they would be released once investigations were concluded.

    Mr Ararsa said that residents had provided details of the rioters, including the crime they had committed, following public meetings.

    More arrests were expected, he added.

    Businessmen, who experienced massive losses after their properties were destroyed during the protests, are attending a "peace conference" in  Sebata, and called for better security, FBC reports.

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