How events in Ethiopia will influence the Horn of Africa


Reforms currently sweeping through Ethiopia under the new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed have implications for the relationship between Ethiopia and its neighbours. Ethiopia is seen as the de facto leading state in the region. But it has a history of clashing with neighbouring states. The current reforms have the potential to bolster Ethiopia’s leadership role …

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Journalists attacked by mob in Eastern Ethiopia – Reporter


A group of journalists en route from Dire Dawa to Addis Ababa to cover the welcoming ceremony for President Isaias Afewerki were reported to have been attacked by unknown group of youngsters putting some of them in a critical condition. The journalists who were dispatched from the City’s Mass Media Agency were driving to Addis …

BREAKING: Somali Region parliament starts meeting today.


Breaking: Abdi Iley spoke and here is the key messages in his address: All the mistakes I committed is because of Getachew Assefa, former chief of Intelligence Getachew Assefa held gun on our head and asked us to do what he wants He was the man who held the former PM Hailemariam at gunpoint for …

Stop Confusing the Ethiopian Flag with the Insignias and Emblems of Ethiopia’s Changing Regimes [by Birihanemeskel Abebe Segni]


Let's stop confusing the Ethiopian flag with the Insignia and Emblems of Ethiopia's changing regimes. Each Ethiopian regimes from Emperor Menelik to Emperor Haile Selassie and from the Derg Regime to the TPLF regime adopted their own insignia and emblems and inscribed it on the Ethiopian flag. Those insignias and emblems were changing as the …

Ethiopia demands Britain return all country’s artefacts held by Victoria and Albert Museum


Ethiopia has demanded Britain permanently return all artefacts that originated in the African country but are now held by the Victoria and Albert Museum. An Ethiopian official said the government would not accept them on loan. The declaration comes after the museum - one of London’s most popular tourist attractions – put treasures plundered by British forces from the …

Ethiopia’s ruling coalition names new chairman, set to be PM


Ethiopia’s ruling coalition late Tuesday named a chairman set to become the country’s new prime minister amid the latest state of emergency in Africa’s second most populous nation.The young, outspoken Abiy Ahmed is now poised to take power, as the ruling coalition and its regional affiliates hold all parliament seats. A vote by lawmakers is …

How an Ethiopia-Backed Port Is Changing Power Dynamics in the Horn of Africa


A deal brokered by Ethiopia to develop the port at Berbera will have a ripple effect across the Horn of Africa. When Eritrea gained its independence from Ethiopia in 1993, Ethiopia became landlocked and therefore dependent on its neighbours – especially Djibouti – for access to international markets. This dependency has hampered Ethiopia’s aspiration to …

Why the state of emergency in Ethiopia could destabilise the Horn of Africa


Former Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn sent shock waves through the region when he abruptly tendered his resignation. Desalegn said that he had made the decision to facilitate efforts towards political reforms which started with the release of political prisoners. But rather than pursue a reform agenda, the Ethiopian government followed his announcement by declaring …