• House approves new cabinets


    House of People's Representatives (HPR) has unanimously approved the new cabinets proposed by Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on the basis of their competence and commitment.

    The Premier scrapped the previous posts cluster coordinator with the rank of deputy Prime Minister and advisor to the Prime Minister

     Cabinet members who remained in their previous posts:-

     1.  Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen

     2.  Siraj Fegessa – Minister of Defense

     3.  Kassa Tekleberhan- Minister of Federal Affairs and Pastoral Area Development

     4. Dr Debretsion Gebremichael –Minister of Communication and Information Technology

     5.  Ahmed Abitew –Minister of Industry

     6.  Getachew Ambaye- Attorney General

     7.  Abdulfetah Abdulah - Minister of Labor and Social Affairs

     8.  Dr Yinager Dese- Commissioner of National Planning Commission

     9.  Asmelash Woldesilasie – Chief Government Whip

    Newly appointed cabinet members

    1.   Dr Workneh Gebeyehu – Minister of Foreign Affairs

    2.  Tagese Chafo- Minister of Public Service and Human Resource Development

    3.  Dr Abreham Tekeste- Minister of Finance and Economic Cooperation

    4.  Dr Bekele Gulado- Minister of Trade

    5.  Professor Fekadu Beyene- Minister of Livestock and Fishery 

    6.  Dr Eyasu  Abrha- Minister of Farming and Natural resources

    7.  Dr Engineer Getahun Mekuria- Minister of Science and Technology

    8.  Ahmed Shide- Minister of Transport

    9.  Dr Ambachew Mekonnen- Minister of Urban Development and Housing

    10.  Engineer Aisha Mohammed- Minister of Construction

    11.  Dr. Engineer  Sileshi Bekele- Minister of Water, Irrigation and Eelectricity

    12.  Motuma Mekassa- Minister of Mines Petroleum and Natural Resources

    13.  Dr Gemedo Dale- Minister of Environmental, Forest and Climate Change

    14.  Dr Shiferaw Tekelemariam – Minister of Education

    15.   Professor Yifru Berhane- Minister of Health

    16.  Dr Girma Amente- Minister of Public Enterprise

    17.   Dr Hirut Woldemariam- Minister of Culture and Tourism

    18.   Demitu Hambissa- Minister of Women’s and Children’s Affairs

    19.  Ristu Yirdaw- Minister of Youth and Sports

    20.  Kebede Chane- Minister of Ethiopian Revenues and Costumes Authority

    21.  Dr Negeri Lencho- Minister of Government Communication Affairs Office


    Source FBC

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  • 'We do not interfere in other countries' domestic affairs': Egypt ambassador told Ethiopia

    Egypt’s foreign ministry confirmed on Sunday media reports that Egypt's ambassador to Addis Ababa met with Ethiopia's minister of foreign affairs on Wednesday to answer questions related to the authenticity of a video reportedly showing unidentified Egyptians hailing the separatist Oromo Liberation Front during a recent public gathering of alleged Oromo supporters in Cairo.

    "Egypt does not interfere in any country’s domestic affairs," Egypt’s ambassador to Ethiopia Abu Bakr Hefny told the East African country's state minister for foreign affairs Taye Atske-Selassie, according to a statement issued on Sunday by the Egyptian ministry of foreign affairs.

    Hefny said that the video "does not reflect the reality at all," describing it as an attempt by third parties to sow discord between Egypt and Ethiopia, especially considering that bilateral relations have been improving in recent months, the statement read. 

    Ethiopia declared a state of emergency on Sunday following a week of violent anti-government protests by Oromo supporters, which led to deaths and property damage across the country.

    Egypt’s foreign ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid added today that the discussions in the Wednesday meeting reflected a “mutual understanding of the importance of securing the positive momentum in bilateral relations while not giving a chance for any subversion between the two countries.”

    The meeting in Addis Ababa last week came hours after the Turkish news agency Anadolu reported that Egypt was supporting the Oromo Liberation Front, which has been leading protests against the Addis Ababa government.

    Shortly after the Turkish agency's report was published on Wednesday, Egypt denied in an official statement that it was backing the opposition group, denouncing "attempts by some malicious parties to sow discord between Egypt and Ethiopia.”

    Egypt and Ethiopia had witnessed tensions in recent years over the construction of Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam mega project, with Cairo expressing fears that the dam would negatively affect its Nile water share. Addis Ababa has maintained that the dam project, which Ethiopia needs to generate electricity, would not harm downstream countries.

    However, relations improved after Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan signed in September the final contracts for the long-awaited technical studies on the potential impact of the dam on downstream countries. 


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  • 11 factories, 60 vehicles damaged by anti-peace forces in Sebeta town in recent days


    Eleven factories which employed over 40,000 workers as well as  close to 60 vehicles were damaged in attacks carried out by anti-peace forces in Sebeta town in recent days.

    These forces burned a total of 11 factories, including Tutu textile, Aba Guna, Ababo Highland and Roto plastic factories. 

    There had been over 40,000 recruits in these factories, most of whom were heads of families, according to police report.

    These anti-peace forces also inflicted partial and total damages to 62 vehicles.

     Eye witnesses told FBC's reporter Sayigen Dima that those individuals who attacked the factories were strangers and used fuel and rubber to burn the factories and the vehicles.

    They also  forced people to close shops and obstructed the peaceful activities of the people until late in the afternoon.

    The Sebeta town administration finally called on the residents and the business community to resume their normal daily activities as of tomorrow since it has done all the necessary security works.



    Source FBC

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