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Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) Held a Successful Negotiation with the Government of Ethiopia

Tuesday, 07 August 2018 20:18 Written by
Oromo Liberation Front, a resistance armed organization held a successful negotiation with the delegates of the government of Ethiopia today in Asmara, Eritrea's capital. The delegates of the Ethiopian government was led by Workneh Gebeyehu, the country's foreign minister and Lemma Megersa, a charismatic politician in Ethiopia who came to public spotlight after his election to preside over the restive region of Oromia in late 2016. The Front’s leader Dawud Ibsa, and spokesperson Tolera Adaba lead the OLF side, which includes other dignitaries like Ibsa Negewo, Atomsa Kumsa and Gemechu Ayana. Yemane Gebremeskel, Eritrean Information minister in his tweet said that "Agreement of Reconciliation" was signed between Oromia Regional State Government President Lemma Megersa and Oromo Liberation Front Chairperson Dawud Ibsa. Workneh Gebeyehu, Ethiopian Foreign Minister, Dawud Ibsa, OLF Chairperson & Lemma Megersa, President of Oromia Regional State, August 7, 2018, Asmara, Eritrea/Source Workneh Gebeyehu`s Facebook Page The Agreement details…

The President of Ethio-Somali Region is “Captured”

Tuesday, 07 August 2018 13:08 Written by
The Ethiopia Somali Regional State President Abdi Mohamoud Omar aka Abdi Illey is said to be captured today. He had resigned his post yesterday. He surrendered to the Ethiopian army early this morning after his initial attempt to escape to Puntland was blocked by the army. The unprecedented clash between the Ethiopian federal army and Somali Regional Special Security force aka Liyou Police has claimed the lives of 30 people, the state media reports. Non-Somali Ethiopians were targeted by the youth group called HEEGO, which were organized by the president. Properties were looted, banks robbed, and churches burnt to ashes over the last three days. Ahmed Shide, Ethiopian Government Communications Affairs Minister confirmed that “this act of crime has been orchestrated by the regional officials". He further stated that the president threatened to secede the region by misinforming the public as if the federal government was trying to violently overtake…

South Sudan government 'reach agreement' with rebels to share power

Monday, 06 August 2018 08:55 Written by
South Sudan President Salva Kiir signed a power sharing agreement with the prominent rebel leader and the inaugural Vice President of South Sudan, Riek Machar. In the picture: Rebel leader Riek Machar, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, Sudan President Omar Al-bashirudan, & South Sudan President Salva Kiir in Khartoum, Sudan, June 25, 2018/REUTERS This is only one of the many failed peace agreements signed between the two leaders who have been fighting endless and useless wars since 2013. With this agreement the rebel leader Riek Machar is said to be reinstated as one of the five vice-presidents in the country. Kiir and Machar have signed at least five major peace agreements so far (in May 2014, in August 2015, in December 2017, in June 2018 & in August 2018). “Will this new peace agreement last and end the useless conflict in South Sudan” is the question of many, who have been…

EAPRI opens new office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Wednesday, 01 August 2018 20:48 Written by
The East African Policy Research Institute (EAPRI) is opening its first field office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This is an effort to expand EAPRI’s presence in East Africa and to support the transitional process in Ethiopia, said Dr Andarge Taye, the Deputy Director of the Institute. The current reform and transition in Ethiopia is a unique opportunity that needs to be exploited, otherwise the institute is also planning to expand its presence to other East African countries including Eritrea, Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda, added the Deputy Director. The new office in Addis Ababa is expected to join policy scholars who work to provide critical information that guides policy formulation, revision and implementations, design models and frameworks for the institutional reform, inclusive dialogue, national healing and reconciliation in the country. EAPRI is also planning to host policy students and interns to help them broaden their education, research and experiences.

Bitter test of freedom & democracy in Ethiopia

Saturday, 23 June 2018 20:45 Written by
Ethiopians have paid a considerable price for their freedom and independence. They have registered a remarkable history for defeating external colonial forces. Ethiopians have also paid tremendous sacrifices in their fight against dictatorship and totalitarianism. The recent political reform in the country has sparked a light of hope for freedom and democracy, but it is not without challenges. The reformists in Ethiopia are striving to bring democratic change in a country controlled by deep state and brutal dictatorship for over a century. The challenges, dilemmas, compromises and pitfalls that they face, therefore is not an easy one. A grenade attack during a solidarity rally in Addis Ababa that left civilians dead and wounded is one example of this challenge. While we condemn this outrageous attack on civilians in Addis Ababa, we also warn the Ethiopian authorities and people to exercise a maximum precaution. We offer a heartfelt thought of comfort…

Dialogue for Reconciliation, Healing, Peace and Stability in East Africa

Wednesday, 20 June 2018 20:36 Written by
In response to the announcement by the Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed to accept the terms of a peace agreement with Eritrea signed in 2000, the Eritrea’s president Isaias Afwerki announced that he is sending a delegation to Ethiopia for peace talks. The East African Policy Research Institute (EAPRI) appreciates and fully supports this positive step towards dialogue for reconciliation and healing between brothers and sisters across the border longing to reconnect. We are optimist that this initiative will significantly improve peace and stability in the region. Dialogue for justice, reconciliation, healing and peace are the only antidotes to impunity - the condition where powerful individuals and institutions act as they wish including waging useless and endless wars. Impunity surface where there is a deficit of democratic structures to ensure transparency, accountability, fairness, and impartiality. Most often war crimes, violation of human rights and repressions results from perceptions of…

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