Monthly Archives: April 2005

Police arrest five people “carrying weapons, leaflets”

ASBE TEFERI, Ethiopia (ENA) — The West Harerge Zone in eastern Ethiopia police force says it has arrested five people carrying weapons, as well as leaflets and logo of the opposition Oromo National Congress (ONC) in Taisi and Kurfa-Roka kebeles neighbourhoods of the Bokae Woreda district. Zonal police public relations department head, Deputy Inspector Hailu […]

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Ethiopia’s electoral board bans election campaigns at market places

The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) said Tuesday it has decreed that no political party or independent candidates shall campaign at market places as market places are business areas. At its regular meeting, the board said it has passed the decision as it found election campaigns at market places detrimental to public peace and […]

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Carter Center to observe Ethiopian elections

Source: The Carter Center ATLANTA – The Carter Center, invited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and welcomed by the National Election Board, will observe Ethiopia’s national elections May 15th. The 50-member delegation will be led by: former U.S. President Jimmy Carter; his wife, Rosalynn; former Botswana President Sir Ketumile Joni Masire; former Tanzania Prime […]

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More European Union election observers arrive in Addis Ababa

ADDIS ABABA (IRIN) – Fifty-two European Union (EU) long-term election observers flew into Ethiopia on Friday, officials said, to act as the “eyes and ears” of the mission – one month ahead of the national elections. Rafael Lopez Pintor, deputy chief observer, told reporters in the capital, Addis Ababa, the observers were the core element […]

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European Union concerned over situation in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA: The European Union yesterday expressed concern over reports of “harassment” in the Horn of Africa nation, ahead of general elections scheduled for next month, officials said. “Reports of harassment, imprisonment, and other activities of intimidation are worrysome,” said Rob Vermas, the Dutch ambassador, representing the EU in Ethiopia, while welcoming about 50 EU […]

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Ethiopian election campaign goes digital

Two political parties contesting in Ethiopia’s May 15 national elections have been making effective use of mobile phone short message service to campaign. The ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) and the opposition Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD) have been campaigning via mobile short message service (SMS), calling people to vote for them. […]

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Meles Denies Bias Against US Democracy Groups Expelled from Ethiopia

By Alisha Ryu, VOA Ethiopia says it had every right to expel three U.S.-funded democracy groups from the country late last month, because the groups were not in compliance with the law. The response comes as two of the groups, in a letter to Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, questioned the credibility and transparency of […]

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Letter from Senator McCain and Secretary Albright to Meles Zenawi

U.S. Senator John McCain and Hon. Madeleine Albright Washington, DC April 14, 2005 A joint press release from the National Democratic Institute and International Republican Institute Prime Minister of Ethiopia Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Your Excellency: We write to express our concern and dismay over the recent expulsion from Ethiopia of representatives […]

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Bearing Haile Selassie's face, commoner claims his blood

By MARC LACEY The New York Times Mekbeb Abebe Welde is the spitting image of Ethiopia’s fallen emperor, Haile Selassie. Mr. Abebe has the same pointy chin, down-turned nose and slight build. When he picks up a cup of macchiato and puts it to his lips, as he did in a local cafe the other […]

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Bearing Haile Selassie’s face, commoner claims his blood

By MARC LACEY The New York Times Mekbeb Abebe Welde is the spitting image of Ethiopia’s fallen emperor, Haile Selassie. Mr. Abebe has the same pointy chin, down-turned nose and slight build. When he picks up a cup of macchiato and puts it to his lips, as he did in a local cafe the other […]

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Ethiopian opposition vows to change constitution if elected

The Reporter April 9, 2005 The opposition Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD), the umbrella organization of four multinational opposition parties, has proposed sweeping changes to the constitution of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (FDRE) as one element of its election platform in the Election Manifesto it released on Wednesday April 6, 2005. The […]

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Ethiopia says all preparations for May 15 national elections finalized

ADDIS ABABA (Xinhuanet) — The Ethiopian Ministry of Information said Friday all parties are expected to accept the final outcome of the May 15 national elections, since the contending parties had ample opportunities to provide adequate information to the electorate. In a weekly statement from the ministry, it said election campaigns in other countries last […]

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Human rights organization reports pre-election abuse in Ethiopia

By Cathy Majtenyi, VOA Nairobi, April 8, 2005 The Ethiopian Human Rights Council Friday released a report accusing local government and election officials of harassing members and supporters of opposition parties ahead of next month’s general elections. The head of investigation at the Ethiopian Human Rights Council, Birhanu Tsigu, tells VOA his group has documented […]

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DC Metro mayors ship youth supplies to Ethiopia

Washington Post April 8, 2005 D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams and Baltimore Mayor Martin O’Malley teamed up yesterday to send a shipment of computers, school supplies and children’s chairs to a new youth center in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. After addressing a gathering of Ethiopian community leaders at the John A. Wilson Building in the District, […]

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Transport Cost Challenging Landlocked Ethiopia

Dagnachew Teklu The Daily Monitor, April 7, 2005 Excessive transport cost is currently challenging Ethiopia, a landlocked country, and is weakening its competitiveness in the world market, UN said Wednesday. After the loss of Assab Port ten years ago, transportation is costing Ethiopia a lot of money, it said. Anwarul K Chowdhury, UN Under-Secretary-General told […]

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A European Union observer accused of bias

Addis Ababa – A senior European Union election observer monitoring Ethiopia’s third-ever democratic ballot has quit after the authorities accused him of bias, an Ethiopian official said on Monday. Siegfried Pausewang pulled out after the chair of the National Election Board said he had been unjustly critical in the past and “lacked objectivity”. EU officials […]

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Ethiopian National Election Campaign 2005 Indepedent Auditor's Report

April 3, 2005 TESFAYE ASMAMAW CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT P.O. Box 13267 Silver Spring, MD 20911 (202) 207-6038 INDEPENDENT AUDITOR’S REPORT To The Ethiopian Community in Washington D.C. and Metropolitan Area: I have audited the accompanying statement of revenues and expenses—cash basis of the Ethiopian National Election Campaign 2005 (the Committee) for the period ended on […]

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Ethiopian National Election Campaign 2005 Indepedent Auditor’s Report

April 3, 2005 TESFAYE ASMAMAW CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT P.O. Box 13267 Silver Spring, MD 20911 (202) 207-6038 INDEPENDENT AUDITOR’S REPORT To The Ethiopian Community in Washington D.C. and Metropolitan Area: I have audited the accompanying statement of revenues and expenses—cash basis of the Ethiopian National Election Campaign 2005 (the Committee) for the period ended on […]

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Israeli ambassador to Ethiopia dies of head wound

BBC NEWS – April 3, 2005 – Israel’s ambassador to Ethiopia has died in hospital days after shooting himself in an apparent act of suicide after news he had terminal cancer. Doron Grossman, 48, was brought back to Israel after being found with a head wound at his home in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, […]

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Statement by the IRI, IFES and NDI on expulsion of their representatives from Ethiopia

FOR RELEASE FRIDAY APRIL 1, 2005 Contact: Lisa Gates IRI (202) 572-1546 Keenan Howell IFES (202) 350-6732 Jean Freedberg NDI (202) 728-5527 The International Republican Institute (IRI), IFES and the National Democratic Institute (NDI)regret the recent action by the government of Ethiopia to expel our representatives from the country on the grounds that they had […]

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African malaria comes to town

By Daniel Nelson First, the bad news: urban malaria in Africa is becoming a major health problem and looks set to get worse. The problem is growing along with Africa’s cities. Urbanisation came relatively late to the continent, but the United Nations Environment Programme says Africa’s urban growth is now the fastest in the world […]

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