LONDON, United Kingdom: Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, has resigned as the Chair of his party, the Southern Ethiopian People’s Democratic Movement (SEPDM), and the ruling Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), as well as from his post as Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. His resignation has been accepted by the Executive Committees of both the SEPDM and the EPRDF. The EPRDF, at its next congress, will democratically elect a new chairperson to replace him in accordance with the Front’s rules and procedures. The House of Peoples’ Representatives of Ethiopia will subsequently approve this election and endorse his premiership. Mr Hailemariam Dessalegn will continue to serve in his current capacity
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has submitted his resignation as a prime minister on Thursday afternoon. Hailemariam also the chairman of the ruling coalition announced his acquiescence amidst a political catastrophe which has been releasing thousands of prisoners to ease tensions. Hundreds of people have died in violence sparked, initially, by an urban development plan for the capital, Addis Ababa. The unrest spread in 2015 and 2016 as demonstrations against political restrictions and human rights abuses broke out. "Unrest and a political crisis have led to the loss of lives and displacement of many," Hailemariam said in a televised address to the nation on Thursday. "... I see my resignation as vital in the bid to carry out reforms t
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia: Merck Foundation a non-profit organization and a subsidiary of Merck KGaA Germany signs Memorandum of Understanding -MoU with the African First Ladies Organization with the aim to achieve the objectives of raising awareness, building professional capacity and improving healthcare access in the field of Cancer and fertility care in Africa. Merck Foundation has conducted many educational and fellowship programs in Africa since 2012 in the field of non-communicable diseases through Merck Cancer Access Program, Merck capacity Advancement Program, Merck STEM Program and Merck more than a Mother campaign. Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO Merck Foundation emphasized during the signing event, “We are delighted to partner with the African First Ladies Organiz
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia: Ethiopia:U.S. Ambassador Michael Raynor officially opened a three-day regional U.S. Alumni Global Health workshop on February 6, 2018 at the Capital Hotel. The workshop brings together twenty two alumni of U.S.-government sponsored exchange programs from Ethiopia, Lesotho, Malawi, Swaziland, and Tanzania, with the aim of sharing best practices for communicating public health information. The workshop will also provide participants with tools to promote health-seeking behavior through the use of data and health communication strategies and would support the development of a community of State exchange alumni who are active in public health. In opening remarks Ambassador Raynor said, “When we fail to provide for the health of our citizens, we feel
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia: U.S. Ambassador Michael Raynor and Minister for Culture and Tourism, Dr. Hirut Woldemariam, jointly launched a new project for the preservation of Bete Golgotha Mikael Church in Lalibela, on Saturday, February 3, 2018. The preservation work is funded with a grant from the U.S. Embassy through the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP). The project will invest a total of $500,000 dollars (about 13.7 million Birr) with an additional $119,500 dollars in matching funds from the World Monuments Fund. This project will utilize innovative, non-intrusive, and proven techniques which were piloted during a previous AFCP project in 2016 at Lalibela. Local craftsmen will be trained in these techniques so that they can be shared and replicate
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomes the launch of the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) initiative by the African Union (AU) to open up Africa’s skies and improve intra-African air connectivity. Enhanced connectivity will stimulate demand, improve the competitiveness of the African airline industry, and make air travel more accessible. In turn, this will enable higher volumes of trade, expanded tourism and growing commerce between African nations and with the rest of the world. If just 12 key African countries opened their markets and increased connectivity an extra 155,000 jobs and US$1.3 billion in annual GDP would be created in those countries "The SAATM has the potential for remarkable transformation t
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: Africa should continue to honour and celebrate the women who made a significant contribution towards the continent’s liberation, President Museveni has said. The President made the remarks on Sunday evening as he presided over the re-launch of the Pan African Women Organisation’s (PAWO) East Africa Chapter at the Multi-Purpose Hall in the African Union Complex in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The event, held on the sidelines of the Africa Union Heads of State Summit, saw several female icons of the African anti-colonial struggle recognized and honoured. Those present at the function were Maria Nyerere, Miria Obote, Joyce Mpanga, Phoebe Asio and Muthoni Likimani. For Joyce Mujuru, Rebecca Mulira and Hellen Faith Nkrumah, their awards were picked by their f
PRETORIA, South Africa: President Jacob Zuma will travel to Addis Ababa in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to attend the 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) scheduled to take place from 28-29 January 2018. The AU Assembly is preceded by meetings of the Permanent Representatives Committee on 22 and 23 January 2018 as well as the meeting of the Executive Council on 25 to 26 January 2018. The theme of the AU for the year 2018, under which its Summits will be held, is: “Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation”. The theme presents a unique opportunity to reflect on and address specific challenges related to the fight against corruption on the Continent.