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  • Ethiopia’s gov’t spokesman decried the election of Trump to lead the U.S

     

     

    “I don’t think the election of Trump will benefit Africa,” Negeri said adding that he was wishing Secretary Hillary Clinton could win the 2016 US election. “First, he is only interested in trade deals that only benefit the United States. Second, his immigration policy could affect thousands of Ethiopians who live in the United States. And finally, his political tactics are dangerous.”

     

    According to Negeri, Tump may change some of his hard- line policies once he occupies the White House in January. He has described the current U.S- Ethiopian relations as ‘very good’ and ‘longstanding.’

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  • Ethiopia says 2,000 arrested and released in emergency - AP

     

    "About 2,000 people were arrested and later released after undergoing counseling under the state of emergency," Defense Minister Siraj Fegessa, who oversees the state of emergency, told local reporters on Sunday. He said authorities collected more than 1,500 firearms that had been looted during the violence in the country.

    He declined to say how many people are still in detention but mentioned various military camps and prison facilities where inmates nabbed under the state of emergency are being held.

     Ethiopia's Oromia region has been experiencing renewed unrest following the deaths of dozens of people in a stampede during a religious festival in Bishoftu in early October. Protests have also hit the Amhara region.

    Ethiopia's President, Mulatu Teshome, said on October 10 that the government will address some of the public's grievances and will conduct electoral and political reforms. Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn is expected to announce a new cabinet on Tuesday, Ethiopia's government spokesman, Getachew Reda, said on Monday.

    On Monday, Human Rights Watch urged Ethiopian officials to promptly repeal or revise all elements of the state of emergency that it said are contrary to international law.

    "Ethiopia's state of emergency bans nearly all speech that the government disagrees with anywhere in the country for at least six months," Felix Horne, Human Rights Watch's senior Africa researcher said. "The state of emergency hands the army new sweeping powers to crack down on demonstrators further limiting the space for peaceful dissent."

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  • Eritrean air force pilots defect to Ethiopia with military plane

     

     

     

    Eritrean air force pilots, named Mebrahtu Tesfamariam and Afework fissehaye, have defected on Wednesday by flying their military aircraft Zlin-143-102 to Ethiopia’s northern city, Mekelle, sources disclosed to Awramba times.

    This is not the first time for Eritrean air force members to defect to the neighboring nations.

    In 2012, two Eritrean military pilots secretly flew President Isaias Afewerki’s plane to Saudi Arabia where they sought political asylum. A year after this incident, three other members of the Eritrean air force have defected with their fighter jet to Saudi Arabia. In April the same year, another female Eritrean air force pilot sent by the regime to retrieve the stolen jet from Saudi Arabia herself was defected.

    As no Eritrean pilot has yet made his route to Ethiopia, the pilots who defected to Ethiopia today are the first ever Eritrean air force members to make the neighboring Ethiopia a destination of their defection.

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  • Tourist passes

    'Tourists can visit any place in Ethiopia without informing the relevant bodies'' FDRE Federal Attorney General

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