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Another cabinet reshuffle

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) appoints former Amhara and Oromia regional state administrators, Gedu Andargachew and Lemma Megerssa, as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Defense, respectively. Similarly, the current minister of Defense, Ayisha Mohammed (Eng.) was reassigned as Minister of Construction & Urban Development.

House approves EBC’s Board

The House of People’s Representatives (HPR) on Thursday approved six new management board members for the state owned broadcaster–the Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC) –with FikaduTessema, appointed to chair the Board.

Government requests 33.99 bln birr supplementary budget

In an attempt to fill funding gaps in on-going government projects and to accommodate the upcoming costs of population and housing census in addition to other expenditures, the Ethiopian Government has requested a supplementary budget of 33.9 billion birr, The Reporter has learnt.

Public to nominate human rights Chief

In a bid to find the right person to assume the role of a Chief Commissioner at the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC),the House of People’s Representatives (HPR) is set to floata list of candidates for the public for nomination as the next leader of a Commission, which has endured a lot of criticisms in the previous administration.

Ministry reorganizes tax collection operation

The Ministry of Revenue (MoR) has officially declared it has set up a new wing named – The Office for Partnership on Tax Equity – to serveas a regulatory bodyfor the overall tax collection system, aimed at improving the ailing tax collection system of Ethiopia.

Lawmakers ban public smoking, alcohol adverts

The Ethiopian parliament has passed a draft bill dubbed ‘Food and Medicine Administration Proclamation’ restricting smoking in all indoor workplaces, public places and means of public transport and prohibited alcohol promotion on broadcasting medias.

Draft proclamation liberates electoral board

A new proclamation, which provides for the establishment of National Electoral Board Ethiopia (NEBE), tabled before the House of People’s Representatives (HPR) on Wednesday, is to end the excessive interference of the Government of Ethiopia (GoE) on the electoral body of the nation, The Reporter has learnt.

Parliament, City at an impasse over land repossession

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) has extended his backing to the House of People’s Representatives (HPR)in the case concerning the repossessionof its plot of land by the Addis Ababa City Administration, this week, The Reporter has learnt.

Gov’t revises selling price of condominium houses

The Ministry of Urban Development and Construction (MoUDC) revealed a twofold price increment for condominium housing schemes and reversed the earlier promise to award first, those house seekers who have deposited 100 percent payment for 40/60 housing schemes be scraped, and made eligible those who have managed to save 40 percent and above to be added to the lottery draw.

Ethiopian government urges Sudan to tighten border control

The Government of Ethiopia (GoE) has urged its neighboring country, Sudan, tocontrolthe illegal armsbeing smuggledthrough the border the two countries share which otherwise might bring an unwanted diplomatic setback between the two nations, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) told the legislative.