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Stage veteran, producer dies aged 83

Getachew Debalke, a veteran stage personality, producer, and lyricist, has died at the age of 83 last night. He performed in several plays, including in Tsegaye Gebre-Medhin’s translation of Hamlet, playing the role of Claudius in 1985. He has authored…
French bank, Banque Populaire set to enter Ethiopia

French bank BRED Banque Populaire – part of the second-largest banking group in France – is planning to start commercial operations in Ethiopia, marking the first foray for a European bank in the country. “We are talking with Ethiopian officials…
Home demolitions spark anger, confusion

Thousands of people have been internally displaced as part of the region’s crackdown on homes that authorities say are illegal The town of Legetafo, located in the Oromia regional state adjacent to the north-eastern suburbs of Addis Ababa, has seen…
Bulcha Demeksa announces run for parliament

 Bulcha advises not to overburden the current government with too much expectation Opposition leader Bulcha Demeksa, 89, has declared his intention to run for a parliament seat, as the country builds up to an election scheduled for next year. He…
Charisma: Is it a Path for Ethiopia?

Thanks to a friend, I recently read an article written by Andreas Eshete and Samuel Assefa for a conference held in Addis Ababa and titled “Reflections on Expanding Ethiopia’s Democratic Space”. The article takes note of Ethiopia’s turn toward a…