Ahmed Shide named chairman of the Somali region ruling party

The Ethiopian-Somali People’s Democratic Party (ESPDP) elected the minister of government communications affairs office Ahmed Shide, as chairman, replacing Abdi Mohamoud Omar (Abdi Iley), who was removed from the region’s presidency role few days ago. Completing its three day party…
Renowned Oromo exile Lencho Leta nears a comeback

The Oslo-based renowned Oromo exile and leader of the Oromo Democratic Forum (ODF), Lencho Leta, along with the deputy, Dima Nageo, would be coming to Addis Ababa for “substantive talks” with government officials, responding to Abiy Ahmed’s gesture towards dialogue,…
Charges dropped against heart surgeon Fikru Maru

The Ethiopian government is to release Ethiopian-born Swedish heart surgeon Fikru Maru who has been in prison since 2013 and several political detainees from prison. The county’s attorney general on Friday dropped charges against Dr. Fikru Maru and other 61…
Midroc’s gold mining permit suspended after protests

In what could be seen a victory for protestors, suspension order issued for Midroc’s Legadembi gold mining permit until further “in-depth study” is conducted by independent body.The Ethiopian Ministry of Mines, Petroleum and Natural Gas has just announced that the…
Five people killed in Legadembi gold mine protest

Amid increasing anger, the protests in Shakiso and Adola areas of Oromia region in south-eastern Ethiopia are growing, demanding the cancellation of gold mining license owned by Ethiopian- Saudi billionaire Mohammed al-Amoudi. A general strike and widespread protests paralyzed Shakiso…