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PM: Updates on Current Issues in Ethiopia

  Context The killing of Hachalu Hundesa, an Oromo musician and rights activist on June 29, 2020, has sent shock waves of anger, resentment and frustration throughout Ethiopia. Millions of his fans, citizens across all ethnic and faith groups and the Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia have …

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Ethiopia’s democratization at risk

Ethiopian prime-minister Abiy Ahmed was once awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for ending a war and raising hopes of democratic change. These hopes are being dashed by his heavy-handed response to anti-government protests. Large anti-government protests that broke out last week, following the assassination of popular Oromo musician Haacaalu Hundeessa, …

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Why Ethiopians are losing faith in Abiy’s promises for peace

When Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed came to power in 2018, the political reforms and initiatives he promised were met with much hope and optimism. He promised to address Ethiopia’s deteriorating ethnic relations, to build national unity, and reignite the stalled democratic process. And his efforts to end the 20-year conflict with Eritrea …

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Hachalu Hundessa: charismatic musician who wasn’t afraid to champion Ethiopia’s Oromo

By Ilana Webster-Kogen Anyone who steps into the public sphere in Ethiopia is also a potential political leader. In this atmosphere, an outspoken musician runs a high risk of falling foul of the authorities. One such story unfolded last week – the inexplicable, and still unresolved, murder in Addis Ababa of Hachalu Hundessa, …

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Ethiopia’s Nobel Winner Can’t Rest On His Laurels

No clampdown on communications can conceal the fact that Ethiopia’s prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, is struggling to calm his own people. By Bobby Ghosh (Bloomberg) — It’s not a good look on a Nobel Peace laureate. As protests raged in Ethiopia’s most populous region over the killing of a pop star, Prime Minister …

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The International Community Intervention On Ethiopian Political Crisis Is Now

By Denge K. Garse Ethiopia is a unique state in Africa that established itself on the blood and bones of its subjects. After many years of an attempt to forcefully incorporate Southern nations and nationalities by some Abyssinian rules, Menelik II who arrived on donkey back succeeded in breaking the …

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Assassination of Oromo Artist Hacaaluu Hunddessaa

In the capital city of Oromia, Finfinnee, a little after 9 PM on June 29, 2020, reportedly unknown assailants gunned down artist Hacaaluu Hunddeessaa, a prominent Oromo revolutionary artist, song writer, performer, entrepreneur, human right activist and a national icon. And shortly after the tragedy befallen the nation, several media …

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Ethiopia PM says Hundeessa killing part of plot to sow unrest

Hundeessa was shot dead in the capital Addis Ababa on Monday, sparking large protests in the country. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has said the killing of a popular singer and subsequent violence that has left nearly 100 dead this week represented “coordinated attempts” to destabilise the country. Speaking during …

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African countries are having to come to terms with a growing diaspora’s dual citizenship

Earlier this year, Jawar Mohammed, the prominent political activist and media entrepreneur, who had returned home to Ethiopia from the US, looked set to challenge his former ally, prime minister Abiy Ahmed, in the country’s election. But there was immediately uncertainty created over Jawar’s eligibility simply because he had been a US citizen. …

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The Great Sacrifice By Borana In The Oromo Liberation Struggle

By Salad Malicha The political emancipation of Oromo and the ignominious defeat of Tigray/TPLF(Tigray Patriotic Liberation Front) and their affiliates in Ethiopia is a culmination of many years struggle and sacrifice. Tens of thousands paid the ultimate sacrifice while many others were arrested, maimed or displaced throughout Oromia. All Oromo …

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