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  • Issues to be Considered on the TPLF Central Committee critical evaluation

    by Walta Gebreslassie

    TPLF Central Committee is soon to start a critical evaluation. My message is stay focused on the fundamental issues, please! – the fundamental economic and political issues that are the root causes of the current crisis. Stop diagnosing the symptoms (i.e., master plan, kimant, konso, welkayet, narrow nationalism, chauvinism, etc - as these are derivative of the main root causes).


    Below are some of the issues that should be discussed:

    - Population Growth
    - Low Production in Agriculture and Manufacturing
    * Unemployment 
    * Income Inequality
    - Wastage and mismanagement of government resources 
    - National Bank of Ethiopia/Monetary Policies
    * Governance/Competency
    * Cash circulation
    ** Bond purchase scheme (27% requirement)
    ** Long-term lending restrictions (40/60)
    * Export regime
    * Foreign capital

    - Lack of good governance 
    * Rule of law
    * Accountability and Transparency (the need for for free media, institution based check & balance, separation of party and government).
    * Inclusiveness (others with different political views should have a role to play in the fate of the country). 
    - Eritrea (No more 'no war no peace' policy. An out of the box policy ought to be designed to serve our strategic economic and political interest. We need to start talking and negotiating with the Eritrean government).
    - Political leadership paralysis 
    * Lack of authoritative figure 
    * Lack of cohesive and committed leadership 
    * Rent seeking, opportunism, and incompetence



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  • 836 City Cabs Start Service in Addis

    The Ministry of Transport announces up to 836 imported city cabs in Addis Ababa officially started service today. The ministry said the starting of this taxi service is part of its measures to modernize and boost a good transportation service in Addis Ababa. The ministry added it supports around 26 taxi service associations in order to import 1163 cabs duty free.

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  • Genzebe breaks African mile record in Rovereto


    (EBC, September 7, 2016)- Genzebe Dibaba grabbed the headlines at the Palio della Quercia meeting in Rovereto after recording the second-fastest outdoor time ever over the mile with 4:14.30 on Tuesday (6).

    Genzebe, who set the world indoor record last February in Stockolm with 4:13.31, followed pacemakers until 750m before running alone for the final two laps. After the pacemakers led the field through 400m in 1:00.95, the pace slowed considerably on the second lap as Dibaba went through 800m in 2:07.24.

    The 1500m world record-holder picked up the pace, though, and went through 1000m in 2:39.3 and 1200m in 3:10.6. She passed the 1500m checkpoint in a season's best of 3:57.31, breaking the meeting record in the process, and crossed the finish line in an African record of 4:14.30, just 1.74 shy of Svetlana Masterkova's world record set 20 years ago.

    Genzebe beat world indoor champion Sifan Hassan, who finished more than 11 seconds behind in 4:25.50. USA's Alexa Efraimson finished third in 4:27.29 ahead of Italian Federica Del Buono, who made a successful return from two years of injury problems by breaking Fabia Trabaldo's Italian under-23 record with 4:28.13 after going through 1500m in 4:08.94.

    "Everything was perfect apart from the wind and the second pacemaker but I ran the second-fastest time in history and I am very happy," said the Olympic silver medallist, who earlier this year set a world indoor mile record of 4:13.31. "My season is over. After a period of rest, I will prepare for a couple of indoor races."

    Ethiopia's 16-year-old world U20 champion Solomon Barega launched his kick in the final 200 metres to take the win in the men's 5000m in 13:24.07 ahead of Kenyan Hillary Maiyo (13:25.16) and Bahrain's Birhanu Balew (13:25.42).

    Source: IAAF

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  • BBC: Ethiopian government confirms "some" deaths during prison fire

    An unknown number of inmates have died after a fire at an Ethiopian prison where prominent anti-government protesters are reportedly being held.

    Sustained gunfire could be heard coming from Qilinto prison, on the outskirts of the capital Addis Ababa, after the fire broke out, local media reported.

    The government confirms "some" deaths, while local media report that at least 20 people had died in the incident.

    There has been an unprecedented wave of protests in Ethiopia in recent months.

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