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News: There has always been go-betweens between us and the OPDO- Leenco Lata

  Etenesh Abera Addis Abeba, February 07/2018 – Following a statement released yesterday by the OPDO, member of  Ethiopia’s ruling party, EPRDF,  pledging to work with opposition parties including those outside of the country, Oromo Democratic Front (ODF) has released a statement welcoming the move and expressing its own readiness to work with OPDO. In […]

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Commentary: OPDO’s silence on Bekele Gerba, others still in jail, detrimental to its reformist image

By: Awol Allo, Hassan Hussein, Mohammed Ademo and Tsedale Lemma Addis Abeba, February 07/2018 — Ethiopia’s much-touted pledge to release political prisoners in order to foster national consensus and widen the democratic space turned out to be much ado about nothing. Thirty-five days after Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn announced plans to free some imprisoned political […]

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Opinion: Demystifying the bold-move by the Oromia Regional State leadership vis a vis Ethiopia’s quest for a better tomorrow

  Daniel Behailu (PhD), for Addis Standard Addis Abeba, January 31/2018 – Ethiopia is in a chaotic state of facts for the last five years and in the last three years the chaos has grown into a different phase. There have been persistent resistance mainly in Oromia and Amhara and southern nations nationalities and people’s […]

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Pictorial: Ambo crowd gives Dr. Merera Gudina a hero’s welcome

  January 28/2018 Today hundreds of thousands of people from Ambo, a city 125 km west of Addis Abeba, and its environs came to welcome veteran opposition party leader Dr. Merera Gudina   Dr. Merera, chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC)  was released from prison last week after spending more than a year a prison […]

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News: More deaths of civilians as security forces quash protests in various parts of Ethiopia

  Etenesh Abera & Liyat Fekade  Addis Abeba, January 26/2018 – This week has seen a return to the killings of civilians by Ethiopia’s security forces following protests in east and northern parts of the country; a massive anti-government protest was also held in southern Ethiopia. Moyale, Duga Bora and Welkite On Monday, one civilian […]

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Opinion – The Lemma Megerssa Moment and the Oromo Dilemma: Between resistance and governing

  Tsegaye R Ararssa, for Addis Standard Introduction Addis Abeba, Janurary 10/2018 – One of the most emphatic achievements of the #OromoProtests is Lemma Megerssa himself. The Lemma Megerssa moment is produced by the resurgent Oromo resistance that was rekindled in 2014 and persisted to date.  Having produced the Lemma Megerssa moment as its overall […]

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News: Ethiopian national security council reflects on yet another daunting security assessment

  Liyat Fekade Addis Abeba, January 08/2018 – In another meeting attended by members of Ethiopia’s Security Council, participants at a day long meeting on Friday January 05 have reflected on yet another daunting security assessment compiled from various parts of the country since the council’s first meeting was held, during which an alarming security […]

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News: OPDO secretariat asks federal court a new appointment date for its senior officials to appear as defense witnesses in high profile case

All the four officials have failed to appear in court   Etenesh Abera Addis Abeba, December 28/2017 – The Secretariat of the OPDO Central Committee has asked the federal high court 4th criminal bench  to get a new appointment date for its high level officials who were summoned to appear in court as defense witnesses […]

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News: Independent investigations into the recent violence in Ethiopia essential: EU

  Etenesh Abera Addis Abeba, December 20/2017 –  In a statement by spokesperson released this afternoon regarding the current situation in Ethiopia, the European Union (EU) said it was “essential that independent investigations on all acts of violence are conducted.” The statement from the EU came in  the wake of increasing numbers of violence, including […]

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News: Mounting death toll, violence pushes Ethiopia to the brink of security crisis

  Addis Abeba, December 18/2017 –  Close to eighty people were killed (by official accounts) within just one week in various places located in east and west Hararghe administrative zones of the Oromia regional state, in the eastern part of Ethiopia, pushing the country to the brink of security crisis. The latest spate of violence […]

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