Ethiopia’s PM accuses dissidents of taking up arms in unrest

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia’s prime minister on Friday said dissidents he recently extended an offer of peace have “taken up arms” in revolt against the government in a week of deadly unrest that followed the killing of a popular singer.

Those who participate “in the destruction of the nation cannot be considered guardians of the nation,” Abiy Ahmed said.

Ethiopia: 81 killed in violence after death of singer

ADDIS ABABA, July 2 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Two days of protests have left at least 81 people dead in Ethiopia, a police chief said, after the murder of a popular singer from the country’s largest ethnic group stoked tensions that threaten to derail the country’s democratic transition.

Hachalu Hundessa, whose political songs gave voice to the Oromo’s longstanding sense of marginalisation, was shot dead on Monday night.

Ethiopia to begin filling Nile dam in 2 weeks

28 June 2020; MEMO: Ethiopia will start filling its $5 billion hydroelectric dam on the Nile River in two weeks, the government said Saturday, Anadolu Agency reports.

The announcement came after an online summit between leaders of Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt convened by the African Union (AU) for negotiations on guidelines for the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

African Union suspends South Sudan over $9m membership debt

ADDIS ABABA, June 24 (NNN-AFRICANEWS) — The African Union (AU) has suspended South Sudan from the continental body over failure to honour its financial obligations over the past three years.

A letter from the country’s mission in Ethiopia to the Foreign Affairs Ministry confirmed the development saying the amount in question came up to over 9 million dollars. The Ministry had confirmed the suspension from the Addis Ababa-based body.

43 African countries under border closure as COVID-19 cases top 225,000 continentwide

ADDIS ABABA, June 14 (Xinhua) -- As COVID-19 caseload surpassed 225,105 on Saturday across the African continent, 43 African countries are now under full border closure due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus.

The death toll from the pandemic has reached 6,040, while some 102,846 people have recovered, according to the latest data from the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC).

The Africa CDC said that the northern African region is the most affected area across the continent both in terms of positive COVID-19 cases and the number of deaths.

Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed’s term extended because of coronavirus

ADDIS ABABA, June 11 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Ethiopia’s upper house of parliament has agreed to extend the prime minster and government’s term in office beyond October because elections have been delayed.

Polls were due to be held in August – the first since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed came to power in 2018 – but officials have postponed them because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The country’s nine regional governments have also had their terms extended in a binding ruling by the House of Federation.

Ethiopia: ‘No retreat from filling the Renaissance Dam and no war with Sudan’

09 June 2020; MEMO: The Ethiopian Prime Minister Abe Ahmed said that “the decision to fill the Renaissance Dam is irreversible.” He added that Addis Ababa will not go to war with Sudan as the two countries “agree on the settlement of border disputes.”

He added that his country is not seeking to harm others, pointing out that the Renaissance Dam is mainly aimed at the development of Ethiopia, according to statements broadcasted by Al-Arabiya TV channel.

Ethiopia Receives Chinese Donation Of 520,000 Masks, Medical Supplies

ADDIS ABABA, June 3 (NNN-ENA) – Ethiopia received donation of 520,000 masks and other medical supplies from five Chinese business companies and Dongguan municipal government.

The COVID-19 medical supplies donation to Ethiopia’s Addis Ababa city administration, which also includes a large number of disinfectants, forehead thermometers and respirators is expected to play a critical role in helping Ethiopia overcome the challenge posed by COVID-19.

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