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  • TPLF Take Measures on 640 Leaders Following In-Depth Evaluation

    The Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) disclosed that measures have been taken on 640 leaders following the in-depth evaluations carried out within the organization.

    Rural political affairs head at the organization; Amanuel Amare told ENA that the measures were taken on the leaders due to their failure to appropriately serve the public.

    Accordingly, the organization has decided to suspend 22 leaders from their membership, while to take 13 others to law, Amanuel said.

    The remaining leadership, from the highest to the lowest level, removed from their position.

    According to Amanuel, the in-depth reform, the organization has been carried out, will be strengthened through the public evaluation forums, which started on Friday in the region. 

    Residents in the regional state are discussing on the outcomes of the in-depth evaluation since yesterday.

    According to Amanuel, the public forums being held across the regional state is expected to give momentum to the in-depth reform program.

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  • First Lady Roman Tesfaye honored with Global Inspirational Leadership Award

    Roman Tesfaye, the First Lady of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, has been honored with a Special Congregational Proclamation by the General Assembly of the State of Georgia, USA and presented with the CELD Global Inspirational Leadership Award 2016. 

    First Lady Roman was presented with the awards at the annual summit of South American, African, Middle East and Asia women summit which took place on 13 December 2016 in Dubai. The awards presented to First Lady Roma Tesfaye are in recognition of her outstanding leadership and tireless efforts in improving the lives of the people of Ethiopia, especially women and children, directly contributing to fast-tracking the development of the African Region. 

    The presentation of the award automatically qualified First Lady Roman to be inducted into the Global Women Leaders Hall of Fame.

    Up on receiving the award, First Lady Roman said empowering women socially, politically and economically requires high-level political commitment and investment. “But is a commitment and investment worth making as the benefits are manifolds in the short and long-run,” she said.

    She also commented that what is good for women is good for the economy as a whole and emphasized the importance of nurturing women leaders in the business, political and academic spheres.

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  • Ethiopian Opposition leader Arrested for trespassing state of emergency rulings

    Awramba Times (Addis Ababa) – Ethiopian security agents have arrested Merera Gudina (PhD), chairman of the opposition Oromo Federalist Congress today. Merera was arrested at the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport while returning back to his home country from abroad.

    Reliable sources disclosed to Awramba Times that the cause for Merera Gudina’s arrest is trespassing the state of emergency rulings. More updates to come 

     

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  • Ethiopia’s internet crackdown hurts everyone

    Ethiopia has never been an easy place to operate. But a six-month state of emergency, combined with internet and travel restrictions imposed in response to a wave of anti-government protests, means it just got a whole lot harder.

    The government has targeted the mobile data connections that the majority of Ethiopians use to get online. Internet users have also been unable to access Facebook Messenger and Twitter, with a host of other services also rendered unreliable. 

    This has impacted everyone: from local businesses, to foreign embassies, to families, as well as the extensive and vital international aid community.

    “Non-governmental organisations play crucial roles in developing countries, often with country offices in the capitals, satellite offices across remote regions, and parent organisations in foreign countries,” said Moses Karanja, an internet policy researcher at Strathmore University in Nairobi.  “They need access to the internet if their operations are to be efficiently coordinated.”

    The Ethiopian government has been candid about the restrictions being in response to year-long anti-government protests in which hundreds of people have died.

    It has singled out social media as a key factor in driving unrest. Since the beginning of October, there has been a spike in violence resulting in millions of dollars’ worth of damage to foreign-owned factories, government buildings and tourist lodges across Oromia Region, initially ground zero for the dissent.

    “Mobile data will be permitted once the government assesses that it won’t threaten the implementation of the state of emergency,” government spokesman Getachew Reda – who has since been replaced – told a 26 October press conference in Addis Ababa.

    The Oromo are the country’s largest ethnic group, constituting 35 percent of the country’s nearly 100 million population. They have historically felt ignored by successive regimes in Addis Ababa. In August, similar grassroots protest broke out among the Amhara, Ethiopia’s second largest ethnic group. The ruling EPRDF is portrayed by opponents as a narrow, unrepresentative clique that refuses to share power.

    Ethiopia is not alone in its approach to political unrest. Around the world, as countries become increasingly integrated with online technology, the more autocratic governments are blocking the internet whenever they deem it necessary.

    “The trend appears to be growing because more people are going online and using the internet, often through the use of mobile connections,” said Deji Olukotun of Access Now, which campaigns for digital rights. In 2016, it documented 50 shutdowns, up from less than 20 in 2015.

    “People are enjoying the freedom and opportunity that the internet provides, which enables them to organise themselves and advocate for what they want,” Olukotun told IRIN. “In response, governments are shutting down the net to stop this practice.”

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