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The Latest Update on Ethiopian News

Several African heads of state and delegations have made their way to New York in the United States America, where they will attend the 73rd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). About 130 world leaders are gathering for the annual high-level debate to address pressing global issues, from scrapping North Korea’s nuclear weapons to financing development. Some of the highlights for the continent of Africa will be heads of state addressing the United Nations for the first time including South Africa...

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Leymah Gbowee, a Nobel Peace laureate said on Friday that the 2018 edition of World Peace Day had to be dedicated to Ethiopia and Eritrea. She said in a tweet that the two countries deserved credit “for putting their political differences aside and daring to invite peace back into their midst.” Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean president Isaias Afwerki met on July 9, 2018 in Asmara to sign a historic peace deal that ended decades of hostilities following a deadly...

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The Somali regional state in Ethiopia has officially announced the closure of its main prison facility, located in the capital, Jijiga. The Jijiga Central Prison also referred to as ‘Jail Ogaden,’ has been at the center of a Human Rights Watch, HRW, report that exposed massive rights abuse of inmates held in the facility. Reports by local media indicates that the facility will now be turned into a museum. Jail Ogaden was reported to be one of the tools of...

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Members of the United Nations Security Council on Friday applauded recent diplomatic developments in the Horn of Africa, pointing out that the Eritrea’s normalisation of relations with Ethiopia and Djibouti will have ‘far-reaching consequences’. In a statement issued by the council president and U.S representative Nikki Haley, the members also recognised the role played by Saudi Arabia in resolving the hostility between Eritrea and Ethiopia that lasted over two decades. ‘‘The members of the Security Council welcomed the...

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In Ethiopia, prime minister Ahmed Abiy’s political party, the Oromo People Development Organisation (OPDO) has rebranded, changing its name and logo as it seeks to position itself in the changing political space in Oromia region and at the national level. At a delegates conference attended by over 6000 members of the party including the chair Abiy, and his vice chair and president or Oromia state, Lemma Megersa, OPDO changed its name to Oromo Democratic Party (ODP). OPD also retired 14 long...

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