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  • Ethiopia arrests 76 rebels, says they were based in Eritrea

     

    About 76 Ethiopian militants who stand accused of trying to foment rebellion from Eritrea have been arrested on charges of infiltrating Ethiopia, the state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate reported Monday.

    The detainees are members of the exiled political party Ginbot 7, which has pledged to overthrow the Ethiopian government, according to the broadcaster. Those arrested had been operating out of Eritrea, the report said.

    They are suspected of: killing two members of the security forces; of trying to sabotage fuel deliveries from Sudan; and of attempting to release prison inmates by force.

    Ethiopia, which has a long-running border dispute with Eritrea, accuses Asmara of supporting and training Ethiopian rebel groups.

    Ethiopia recently accused one of those groups of planning to attack a large dam under construction in Ethiopia, eliciting an angry denial from Eritrea.

    Source: eblnews

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  • Ethiopia commemorates victory against Italian forces in the Battle of Adwa


    The historic battlefield, Adwa, yesterday saw the culmination of the 121st anniversary of the victory in the presence of President Dr. Mulatu Teshome, Culture and Tourism Minister Dr. Hirute Woldemariam, senior government officials and Former South African President Thabo Mbeki as well as Dignatarians.

    The event saw marches by members of the Ethiopian security forces and displays by veteran soldiers who showed up with weapons and displayed artistry. They were all draped in the colours of the country.

    In March, 1896, in the fight that last for a few hours, Ethiopians led by Emperor Menelik II were so determined and strategic to completely crush Italian battalions marching from several directions in the rugged mountainous area of the country’s northern part –Adwa.

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  • Ethiopia extends support to drought-stricken parts of the Somaliland administration


    Following the declaration of the existence of serious drought conditions in parts of the Somaliland administration, the Government of Ethiopia has donated over 7200 quintals of emergency food assistance and 26, 667 cartons of milk to the region.

    Although parts of Ethiopia are also hit by the recent drought, the decision to support Somaliland has been a testament to the good neighborliness and longstanding fraternity between the peoples of the two sides.

    Source: Facebook page of The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia

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  • Ethiopia to celebrate 6th anniversary of GERD construction commencement


    Addis Ababa, February 25, 2017 (FBC) –Following the upgrading of generators, the installed hydropower generation capacity of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) has been increased to 6,450MW.

    Initially, the dam was designed to generate 5,250MW. However, due to the upgrading made on the power plant, its generation capacity has been raised from 5,250 MW to 6,000 MW.

    But six years later, the total installed generation capacity of the dam has been increased by additional 450MW as a result of the improvement made on generators to boost the capacity of the power plant.

    Following the upgrading made twice, the electricity generation capacity of the dam has been increased by a total of 1,200 MW, which is equivalent to the power generated from Tekeze, Beles and Gibe-II hydropower plants.

    Ethiopia is preparing to celebrate the 6th anniversary of the commencement of the construction of the dam with various fund raising programs.

    In a press conference he gave here today in connection with the anniversary, Minister of Communication and Information Technology, Dr Debretsion Gebremichael, announced a 56 percent completion of the dam.

    According to the Minister, works are also nearing completion to enable the dam to generate 750MW in advance.

    “Construction of power receiver and transmission stations as well as installation of power transmission lines have been fully completed. The only thing left is fixing the two turbines that generate 375MW each,” he said.

    The next step is enabling the dam to hold water, he said, indicating the final preparation being made by the government to facilitate ways in which the filling of the dam’s reservoir will take place.

    “We are preparing to discuss with the governments of Sudan and Egypt,” he said, reiterating that “the dam doesn't cause any significant harm on the lower riparian countries.”

    The construction of the dam is being funded by the people and government of Ethiopia.

    According to Debretsion, the people of Ethiopia have continued their support to the construction of the dam through environmental conservation activities and the purchase of dam bonds.

    He said the people have so far contributed 9.4 billion birr for the dam.

    Office of the National Council for the Coordination of Public Participation on the Construction of the Dam recently said various fund raising programs will be carried out in connection with the 6th anniversary of the dam.

    The office planned to collect 1.8 billion birr from the fund raising programs.

    The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) is being built in Benishangul Gumuz regional state, approximately 500 km northwest of the capital Addis Ababa.

     At the end of the works, GERD will be the largest dam in Africa.

    Source: FBC

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  • Ethiopia and South Sudan agree to construct oil route


    February 24, 2017 (ADDIS ABABA/JUBA) - President Salva Kiir and Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn have agreed to build a road linking the two countries enabling South Sudan to export its oil to the landlocked Ethiopia.

    President Kiir arrived in Ethiopia Thursday afternoon on a three-day official visit.

    Kiir and Desalegn on Friday signed eight cooperation agreements to enhance economic cooperation and border security between the two neighbouring countries.

    Speaking at the signing ceremony in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian prime minister welcomed the agreement saying "We don’t need to go too far distance to import oil while South Sudan is close by here with us," the Ethiopian premier said.

    Hailemariam further said Ethiopia is currently constructing a highway from Dima to Raad and intends to extend this road further to Boma as part of its plans to boost economic ties with the world’s youngest nation.

    The highways due to be constructed will stretch from Gambella-Pagak-Palouge while the second one from Dima-Raad-Boma-Bor.

    The minister at the South Sudanese presidency, Mayiik Ayii, Gai, said the construction of the road comes together with the building of a refinery in Upper Nile with the capacity to process up top 100,000 barrels of oil per day. This project is funded by Swiss and U.S companies.

    "If the construction of this refinery is completed and the road is completed, we will have access to some hard currency through these refined products”, he told Sudan Tribune.

    He went further to say that the refinery will allow South Sudan to export refined fuel products at very decent prices to countries in the region, including Ethiopia.

    South Sudan currently exports its oil crude to the international market through Port Sudan, and imports fuel from countries in the region.

    The leaders said the trans-border highway projects will allow free movement of people, enhance trade exchange and social ties between peoples of the two sisterly countries.

    The two countries have also signed agreements on power, trade, health, infrastructure, information, communication and media.

    Another deal was also reached to establish a joint border committee which follows up implementation of joint development activities along with their shared border.

    A joint border administrators/governors committee will be formed in the earliest time possible to strengthen cooperation on issues of security, trade and infrastructure development.

    With regard to the political turmoil and finding durable solution to the conflict in South Sudan the two sides recognized "the need to work together for the implementation of the agreement on the resolution of the conflict in South Sudan" signed in Addis Ababa in August 2015.

    The two leaders further agreed to jointly work together for an inclusive process of the national dialogue in South Sudan.

    President kiir declared national dialogue on December 2016 in a bid to arrest nearly three-years long conflict.

    He called on armed opposition groups to lay down arms and join the national dialogue.

    Earlier this week, Kiir renewed his call on opposition groups to join the "open forum" arguing the national dialogue is the best option to consolidate peace in South Sudan.

    Source: sudantribune

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