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Two prisons set ablaze in Amhara region

Two prisons in the Woldia and Finote Selam towns of the Amhara Regional State have been set on fire following “commotion” inside the prisons. Other harms have also been caused, according to Nigussu Tilahun’s Facebook account, the regional communications bureau head.

MPs pass landmark amnesty bill

In an extraordinary session held yesterday, the House of People’s Representatives (HPR) passed a landmark bill which will grant amnesty for individuals and groups either under investigation or convicted of treason, crimes against the constitutional order and armed struggle. The bill was passed with one abstention.

Blue, Patriotic Ginbot 7 to discuss cooperation, merger

Following the decision by the House of People’s Representative (HPR) to delist the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) and Patriotic Ginbot 7 from the terrorists list, the executive committee of the Blue Party (Blue) announced that the president of the party, Yeshiwas Assefa, is currently visiting the US to discuss with the leaders of Patriotic Ginbot 7 on matters ranging from working together to merger.

PM appoints opposition leader to the board of state broadcaster

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) has appointed Merera Gudina (PhD), the chairperson of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), as a member of the board of the Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation.

In a letter signed on Thursday July 6, 2018, the PM appointed four members to the board of the state broadcaster including Merera.

House scraps OLF, ONLF, Ginbot 7 off ‘terrorists list’

In a landmark decision that comes with the ongoing reforms, the House of People’s Representatives (HPR) on Thursday unanimously voted on a motion to resend the designation of three political groups – the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), and [Patriotic] Ginbot 7 from its “terrorists list”.

House to grant amnesty

On its extra-ordinary session that is scheduled for today, the House of Peoples’ Representatives (HPR) is expected to approve a new bill which will provide for blanket amnesty for any person(s) accused of wide range of crimes such as outrage against the constitution, obstruction of the constitutional order, involvement in civil war, attack on the political and territorial integrity of the state, impairment of the defensive powers of the state, treason, provocation and preparation for violence, incitement of violence, contravention of the State of Emergency (SoE) and contravention of the terrorism Act among others.

Misrak Mekonen to head HPR secretariat office

Misrak Mekonnen (PhD)–former State Minister of Public Service and Human Resource Development–has been appointed to lead the Secretariat Office of the House of Peoples’ Representatives (HPR) following the appointment of Negussu Lemma to the Ethiopian Institute of Biodiversity, The Reporter has learnt.

Bill to provide for refugee integration

A new draft bill tabled before the House of Peoples’ Representatives (HPR) is said to provide for the full integration of refugees camped in Ethiopia into the general public offering refugees with unrestricted rights, out of camp living and working privileges in Ethiopia.

Draft bill enables Addis Ababa deputy mayor to be appointed out of city council

A draft bill amending the City Administration Charter that allows the appointment of deputy mayor for the city of Addis Ababa out of the City Council has been presented for the parliament, today.

In addition, the draft bill provides for the current administration of the city to remain in power until City Council and Cabinet election is held. The election was postponed to next year because of the difficulty to hold election this year given the political unrest observed in the country.