Ethiopia swears in Abiye as new PM amid ethnic, youth tensions

By Aaron Maasho ADDIS ABABA, April 2 : Ethiopia’s parliament swore in Abiye Ahmed as prime minister on Monday with a mandate to implement democratic reforms aimed partly at defusing ethnic tensions in the Oromiya province from which the former army lieutenant general hails. The ruling coalition picked Abiye last week to replace Hailemariam Desalegn […]

Ethiopia’s ruling coalition approves Abiye Ahmed as prime minister

By Aaron Maasho ADDIS ABABA, March 28 : Ethiopia’s ruling coalition voted in Abiye Ahmed as new prime minister on Tuesday following the resignation of Hailemariam Desalegn last month, the state-run Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation said. The state-run channel said the 180-member council of the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) chose Abiye to succeed Hailemariam […]

About 5000 Ethiopians flee to Kenya after botched military operation

By Aaron Maasho ADDIS ABABA, Mar 13 : About 5,000 Ethiopians have crossed into Kenya seeking refuge since March 10, the Kenyan Red Cross Society said, after several civilians were killed in what the Ethiopian military said was a botched security operation targeting militants. Ethiopian state media reported on Sunday that soldiers had been deployed […]

At least 2,000 Ethiopians flee to Kenya after botched military operation

By Aaron Maasho ADDIS ABABA, Mar 13 : More than 2,000 Ethiopians have crossed into Kenya seeking refuge, the Kenyan Red Cross Society said, after several civilians were killed in what the Ethiopian military said was a botched security operation targeting militants. Addis Ababa announced on Sunday that soldiers had been deployed to the Moyale […]

Ethiopia’s prime minister resigns to smooth path for political reform

By Aaron Maasho ADDIS ABABA, Feb 15 : Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn suddenly resigned on Thursday in what he described as a bid to smooth reforms, following years of violent unrest that threatened the ruling party’s hold on Africa’s second most populous nation. The resignation – unprecedented in Ethiopia’s history – followed a wave […]

Ethiopia’s PM offers resignation to help reforms after mass unrest

By Aaron Maasho ADDIS ABABA, Feb 15 : Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said on Thursday he had submitted his resignation as both premier and the chairman of the ruling coalition in an effort to facilitate reforms following years of widespread unrest. “Unrest and a political crisis have led to the loss of lives and […]