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Ethiopia’s Sidama vote overwhelmingly for autonomous region

Ethiopia’s Sidama people have voted overwhelmingly to form their own self-governing region as many of the country’s ethnic groups demand greater autonomy under sweeping reforms led by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. The country’s electoral board said on Saturday that provisional results showed 98.5% of voters had backed the change in Wednesday’s ballot, with turnout reaching 99.7%. The result grants the Sidama, who represent about 4% of Ethiopia’s 105 million population, their own self-governing region – the country’s 10th, control over local taxes, education, security and certain legislation. Ethiopia’s constitution gives…

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Ethiopia: Prime Minister Abiy congratulates Sidama voters

Ahead of official declaration of results from Wednesday’s referendum, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed has congratulated voters in Sidama who are seeking autonomy. People of the Sidama zone, in southern Ethiopia took part in Wednesday’s referendum demanding their own regional state within Ethiopia’s federal system. The Sidama people form 4% of Ethiopia’s 105 million population and Wednesday’s autonomy vote is coming ahead of a general election next year. In July clashes between security forces and Sidama activists led to the death of atleast 17 people after the government delayed the poll at…

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Ethiopia’s Sidama people hold crucial autonomy vote

Ethiopia’s Sidama people are holding a vote to decide whether to become an autonomy region or otherwise. Wednesday’s referendum could trigger similar action from other ethnic groups also seeking more autonomy. The Sidama people form 4% of Ethiopia’s 105 million population and Wednesday’s autonomy vote is coming ahead of a general election next year. In July clashes between security forces and Sidama activists led to the death of atleast 17 people after the government delayed the poll at the time. Local media reports that there is huge interest among the…

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At least 78 people killed in Ethiopian protests

Ethiopian officials say at least 78 people were killed during protests last week over the treatment of a prominent activist. The prime minister’s spokeswoman Billene Seyoum told reporters on Thursday that 409 people had been detained over the unrest. She also revealed that investigations are ongoing and the death toll and number detained could rise. Activist Jawar Mohammed said that police surrounded his home in Addis Ababa and tried to withdraw his government security detail. That got his supporters to pour unto the streets last week to protest against his…

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Ethiopia: Dozens killed in landslide, many displaced

Heavy rains in Ethiopia have led to a deadly landslide that has killed at least 22 people. Scores of people in the Konta district of Southern Ethiopia are reported to have been displaced by the disaster. Heavy rains were recorded on Sunday in the district with fears of further destruction if the rains continue to fall. Local media reported that many homes and properties have been lost in the landslide. Efforts are ongoing to retrieve dead bodies and rescue those trapped and in dire need of help. So far excavators…

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Kenya: Families receive bodies of Ethiopian Airlines crash victims

Bodies of Kenyan victims of the Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed in Addis Ababa in March have arrived in Kenya. The bodies arrived on Monday at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport where families of 32 Kenyan victims gathered to receive them ahead of burial on Thursday. The airliner crash killed all 157 people on board with victims coming from 30 nationalities. They also had the chance for the first time to view the remains of their loved ones. Families of passengers who perished in Ethiopian airline crash at JKIA to…

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Abiy Ahmed says his Nobel Prize is ‘for Africa’

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed who has been named the winner of the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize has said the award is “for Ethiopia and the African continent.” He said in statement shortly after the award was announced in Oslo on Friday that “I am humbled by the decision of the Norwegian Nobel Committee. My deepest gratitude to all committed and working for peace. This award is for Ethiopia and the African continent. We shall prosper in peace!” Ahmed was awarded the Nobel for his efforts to “achieve peace and international…

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Ethiopia’s Abiy Ahmed wins 2019 Nobel Peace Prize

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed has been named the winner of the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize. He was awarded the Nobel for his efforts to “achieve peace and international cooperation” within the East African sub-region. Ahmed was named as the winner of the 100th Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo on Friday. The prize, worth $900,000 will be awarded to him in Oslo in December. Ahmed’s Ethiopia reached a peace deal with Eritrea in 2018. That ended a 20-year military stalemate after years of border war between 1998-2000. The Ethiopian Prime…

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Ethiopia: At least 22 killed in Amhara region attack

Ethiopian officials have said that at least 22 people have been killed following clashes between special forces and a minority ethnic group in the Amhara region. The clashes span a period of five days in Ethiopia’s northern state of Amhara. Reuters quotes Desalegn Chane, president of the new National Movement of Amhara (NAMA) party, as saying that “On Friday a minibus travelling from Metema to Gondar was ambushed by the Kimant Committee. Everyone was killed, we are talking about 10 civilian casualties.” He said armed men killed 10 people when…

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Stolen 18th century Ethiopian crown to return home

An Ethiopian Sirak Asfaw left his home country in late 1970s for Netherlands fleeing political repression of the Communist government. The Communist government, or Derg had come to power in 1974 but the regime unleashed violence known as the Red Terror. Hundreds of thousands were killed and many forced to leave the country. Asfaw was one of them, becoming a refugee in Netherlands who then subsequently became a host to many Ethiopians who had left the country. His flat in Rotterdam between 1980s and 1990s was a safe haven for…

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