It was back in July 2018, while Prime Minister Abiy Ahemed (PhD) was visiting the US that he told thousands of Ethiopian diaspora that the ultimate goal of his government would be to ensure that a democratic election takes place in Ethiopia.
In an unusual turn of event, Semayawi Party a.k.a Blue expressed its support and allegiance to the ongoing reform executed by the ruling party–the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF)–and the work it is doing in maintaining peace, order and stability in the country, adding that party ideologies should not halt all parties to cooperate.
Admitting that their approaches were mistaken, members of the National Defense Forces who marched on the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) on October 10, 2018 to discuss salary and benefit packages, have expressed their regret and formally asked for the pardon of the government.
Representatives from the African Union and the United Nations who have paid a visit to South Sudan this week expressed unusual hope for the implementation of the September 12, 2018 peace agreement signed between the warring factions in the youngest African nation, being torn apart by a devastating civil war since 2013.
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte of Italy is the third head of state to visit Ethiopia since the coming into power of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) on April 2, 2018. His one-day visit to Addis Ababa on October 11, 2018 was the shortest of the previous two made during the Abiy’s premiership by Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Isaias Afewerki of Eritrea.
Following the government and humanitarian partner’s mid-year assessments to reflect the changes in a humanitarian context in Ethiopia, and taking into consideration two years of drought, conflict and record high IDP’s; the 2018 Humanitarian and Disaster Resilience Plan (HDRP) has been revised to reflect a funding gap of USD 416.4 million, it was learnt.