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Board downplays resistance to election law

Birtukan Midekesa, Chairwoman of the National Election Board of Ethiopia (NEBE), has downplayed the recent move made by a coalition of opposition political parties, which has rejected the recently ratified Election law of Ethiopia, The Reporter has learnt.

Officials suspended over recent violence in South

After deadly clashes were reported between security forces and the youth mainly in the Sidama Zone of the Southern Regional State, following what appears to be a targeted attack on different ethnic groups residing in the area and huge destruction to property, the regional ruling party— Southern Ethiopian People's Democratic Movement (SEPDM)—has suspended a number of officials from both the party and their current positions, The Reporter has learnt.

South prepares for Sidama referendum

After accepting a request by the Sidama Zonal Administration for self-administration and establishment of a separate regional state, the Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples' Regional State and its Council are preparing to hold a referendum to determine the zonal administration’s demand.

Sidama Zone head, Hawassa mayor resign

The Administrator of Sidama Zone Aklilu Adula and the Mayor of Hawassa Tewodros Gebiba have resigned from their posts in connection to the recent conflict in the town of Hawassa and its surroundings, The Reporter has learnt.

The conflict had resulted in the death of ten people and the injury of more than 80, while close to 3,500 people have been reported to be displaced from their homes.

New PM’s first real test

It all seemed like the conflict and public uprising that rocked the country for the past three years is finally coming to an end following the change of guard at the very top of the ruling party, Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), as Abiy Ahmed (PhD) assumed the chairmanship and the Prime Minister position of Ethiopia.

Sidama Zone detains 226 in relation to deadly conflict

The Sidama Zone Administration has detained 226 suspects who were said to have been involved directly or indirect in the recent violence that rocked the city of Hawassa resulting in the death of 10 people, caused severe injuries to nine people and minor injuries to 80 people, The Reporter has learnt.