Millions register for Ethiopia's May elections

2015-01-21 13:08

Over 12 million Ethiopians have so far registered for key polls in May, officials say, the first national elections since the death of long-time leader Meles Zenawi.

Ethiopia snubs Egypt by signing treaty

2013-06-13 17:22

Ethiopia's parliament has unanimously ratified a treaty, which strips Egypt of its right to the lion's share of the Nile River waters.

Ethiopia says to take over as AU chair

2013-01-16 22:12

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn is slated to take over as the chairperson of the AU this month, replacing Benin President Boni Yayi as the head of the pan-African bloc.

Ethiopia's new leader takes oath of office

2012-09-21 09:45

Ethiopian new Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has taken the oath of office, taking over power after the death of long-time ruler Meles Zenawi.

Ethiopia ruling coalition approves new PM

2012-09-15 22:32

Ethiopia's ruling coalition has approved Hailemariam Desalegn's appointment as prime minister to replace Meles Zenawi, who died last month, says the government's spokesperson.

Zenawi was a leader and builder - Zuma

2012-09-02 20:47

Ethiopia's Prime Minister Meles Zenawi was the builder of institutions, President Jacob Zuma has said.

Funeral of Ethiopian leader begins

2012-09-02 12:17

The flag-draped coffin of Ethiopia's late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has arrived for the start of the first state funeral staged for a leader of the Horn of Africa nation in more than 80 years.

Ethiopia: New ruler emerges from shadows

2012-08-24 18:01

Political preparations in Ethiopia for the handover of power to expected new leader Hailemariam Desalegn have gathered pace.

Ethiopia: Acting PM to remain at helm

2012-08-22 17:08

Ethiopia's acting prime minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, will remain at the helm of the country until an election in 2015 following the death of Meles Zenawi, officials say.

Mixed reaction to Zenawi death

2012-08-21 21:31

The death of Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has triggered mixed reaction from civic society, activists and political parties.

Ethiopian deputy PM to succeed Zenawi

2012-08-21 12:10

Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn will take over interim power following the death of leader Meles Zenawi, government officials say.

Ethiopian prime minister dies

2012-08-21 07:23

Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, a regional strongman in power for over two decades, has died abroad, the government has announced.

Ethiopian PM in 'critical' state in Brussels clinic

2012-07-18 13:19

Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi is in a Brussels hospital in a "critical" state, several diplomatic sources have told AFP, but the Ethiopian government denies he is unwell.

PEN honours jailed Ethiopian journo

2012-05-02 08:52

An imprisoned Ethiopian journalist and blogger who could face the death penalty for advocating peaceful protests in his Horn of Africa homeland has been honoured with PEN America's "Freedom to Write" award.

Leaders to discuss AU leadership crisis

2012-03-16 07:51

A handful of African leaders are to meet in the Benin capital to try to make progress on resolving the AU leadership crisis, following deadlocked elections.

Ethiopian army, tanks boost force in Somalia

2012-01-30 12:23

Columns of Ethiopian soldiers, armoured vehicles and tanks have poured into Somalia, bolstering the force already fighting there, insurgents and witnesses say.

Neighbours gang up on Eritrea

2011-12-05 22:25

Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia, Kenya and Uganda have urged the UN to tighten sanctions on Eritrea.

E African leaders discuss Somalia unrest

2011-11-25 19:09

East African leaders have opened talks in the Ethiopian capital on the long-running unrest in Somalia, where regional states have sent troops to quash a ruthless Islamist militia.

Swedish journalists on trial in Ethiopia

2011-10-16 17:02

Two Swedish journalists charged with terrorism in Ethiopia last month will face trial in Addis Ababa, with rights groups already criticising the process.

E Africa: China pledges $55m in aid

2011-08-15 17:17

China’s premier Wen Jiabao has pledged $55.3m in food aid to African countries suffering their worst drought in years.

Sudan leaders meet on border conflict

2011-06-13 12:16

The leaders of north and south Sudan have begun talks in Ethiopia aimed at resolving the crises in the border regions of Abyei and South Kordofan, one month ahead of southern independence.

Ethiopia ready to help Eritrea uprising

2011-04-05 21:09

Ethiopia is ready to help the people of Eritrea topple the regime of Issaias Afeworki but is ruling out a military invasion.

Ethiopia frees opposition leader

2010-10-06 11:47

Ethiopian officials have released an opposition leader who had been jailed for life after being tried for treason in the aftermath of the contentious 2005 elections.

Ethiopian PM stays for another term

2010-10-05 07:30

Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has been sworn in for another five-year term, almost five months after controversial polls propelled his party to victory.

Peacekeeping boosts country image

2010-09-06 18:05

Troop contributions for UN peacekeeping missions are helping African nations build a buffer against criticism over democratic and human rights failings.


Ethiopia opposition threatens protests

2013-06-21 09:08

An Ethiopian opposition party has called for the government to scrap an anti-terrorism law it says is used to stifle dissent, threatening a repeat of protests in Addis Ababa.

AU's newly elected chair, Desalegn

2013-01-28 12:43

Newly elected AU chairperson, Ethiopian leader Hailemariam Desalegn, has risen within five months after the death of his mentor Meles Zenawi from a little known politician to an influential leader.

Ethiopian leader fires minister

2012-11-29 14:47

Ethiopia’s leader has fired a government minister Hailemariam Desalegn whose wife faces terrorism charges.

Ethiopian leader to be sworn in

2012-09-19 11:57

Hailemariam Desalegn, who was appointed Ethiopia’s acting PM on the death of long-time ruler Meles Zenawi last month, is set to be formally sworn into office, officials say.

Ethiopia to choose Meles successor

2012-09-13 21:48

Ethiopia's ruling coalition will hold a meeting of its governing council to choose a successor to former Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, who died last month, the coalition said in a statement.

Ethiopa's new leader vows 'progress'

2012-09-02 17:41

Ethiopia's new leader, Hailemariam Desalegn, has vowed to maintain the plans and progress of the late prime minister Meles Zenawi, in speech given during the funeral.

African leaders honour 'hero' Meles

2012-09-01 19:52

African leaders have joined other foreign dignitaries in paying homage to Ethiopia's longtime prime minister Meles Zenawi, ahead of the state funeral for a man hailed as an African "hero".

Ethiopian leader's swearing in delayed

2012-08-23 15:12

Ethiopia has postponed the emergency session of parliament to swear in a new prime minister.

Ethiopia's late leader Meles returns home

2012-08-22 10:05

Ethiopia has declared a period of national mourning, as Prime Minister Meles Zenawi's body arrived at Addis Ababa airport following his death in a Brussels hospital.

World leaders mourn death of Ethiopia PM

2012-08-21 14:44

Leaders from various countries and organisations have sent their condolences to Ethiopia after the death of Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.

Zuma sends condolences to Ethiopia

2012-08-21 11:42

President Jacob Zuma has sent his condolences to Ethiopia after the death of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, praising him as a strong leader who helped mediate conflicts in the Horn of Africa.

Ethiopia 'curbs reports on PM's health'

2012-07-25 10:29

A press freedom advocacy group says Ethiopian authorities have blocked the publication of a prominent independent newspaper featuring reports on the health of the country's long-time ruler.

Obama invites African leaders to G8 summit

2012-05-04 07:33

President Barack Obama has invited the leaders of Benin, Ethiopia, Ghana and Tanzania to take part in a session of food security in Africa at the G8 summit this month, officials say.

Kenya launches huge port project

2012-03-02 14:53

Kenya has launched the construction of a massive port, railway and refinery near a Unesco-listed Indian Ocean island in a project it bills as the biggest ever in an African nation.

AU inaugurates $200m Chinese-built HQ

2012-01-28 20:14

The African Union has inaugurated its new high-rise headquarters in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, built and donated by China at a cost of $200m.

Ethiopia's crackdown 'threatens democracy'

2011-12-01 14:19

A spate of arrests and terrorism charges levelled against opposition politicians and journalists in Ethiopia this year raises fears of a government slide away from democracy, analysts warn.

Ethiopia: Swedish journos' trial delayed

2011-10-18 12:05

Two Swedish journalists have arrived in an Ethiopian court for the start of their trial on terrorism charges, but the hearing has been pushed back, their lawyer says.

Africa fundraises for drought crisis

2011-08-25 12:10

African leaders are holding a fund-raising conference in Ethiopia in a bid to plug a $1.1bn shortfall in aid for millions facing starvation in the Horn of Africa’s worst drought in decades.

Put pressure on Gaddafi, US urges Africa

2011-08-10 09:01

Senior US diplomats are visiting several African countries as part of continuing efforts to urge leaders to press Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi to leave power immediately, officials say.

Ethiopia to charge 121 with terrorism

2011-04-07 19:42

Ethiopia's government says it is preparing to charge more than 100 prisoners with terrorism and dismissed calls by a rights groups to release them immediately.

Ethiopia 'denying opposition aid'

2010-10-19 14:25

Human Rights Watch says in a new report Ethiopia is denying opposition supporters food and other aid in a widespread effort to suppress political dissent.

Ethiopia approves new govt

2010-10-05 21:11

Ethiopia’s parliament has approved a 20-member government presented by PM Meles Zenawi a day after he was sworn in for a second term.

Meles urges replacement of Somali PM

2010-09-30 09:09

Ethiopian PM Meles Zenawi has called for the quick appointment of the Somalia premier after Omar Abdirashid Sharmarke resigned from his post earlier this month.

Annihilate Shebaab - Ethiopia

2010-07-15 21:14

Somalia's al-Qaeda-inspired Shebaab, who claimed responsibility for deadly bombings in Uganda, should be "annihilated", says Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.

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