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  • Ethiopia takes delight in watching Turkish drama series

    In recent years, Turkish TV series have become popular in Balkan, Latin American and Arab countries. Now, Ethiopia is following their footsteps, as two prominent Turkish productions are being aired and dubbed in the local language

    Everyone in this family of three is excited. From their apartment living room neighborhood of Summit in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, they are about to be mesmerized, and transported to another world of Turks fluently speaking Amharic, Ethiopia's national language.

    A fresh wind blows amid the hurly-burly of the bustling 4-million-strong metropolis that lives under a state of emergency, which has led access to mobile data connections being banned.

    The Ethiopian government has imposed martial law since mid-October to help subdue months of violent anti-government protests.

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  • Iconic Ethiopia Hotel to Be Demolished

     

    Ethiopia Hotel and the adjacent Bego Adragot building are to be torn down within the next month. Belayneh Kinde, the import export mogul, bought Ethiopia Hotel in 2010 for 92 million Br. He now has plans to tear down the three star hotel and erect a new 60 storey building.

    Ethiopia Hotel was one of the earliest hotels built in Ethiopia. It was built to receive guests while Ethiopia was hosting the meetings of the Organisation of the African Unity during the reign of Emperor Haileselassie I. At that time Ethiopia Hotel, along with Ras Hotel, was the most modern hotel in the country.

    The Bego Adragot building, building adjacent to Ethiopia Hotel, is also to be removed. It was one of the earliest modern buildings in Ethiopia, built more than 80 years ago, during the Italian invasion. The building, which is situated opposite the National Theatre, is an example of the architecture of a bygone era. The brick arches and the arcade of the building exhibits the craft of the Italian architects then dwelling in Addis Ababa.

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  • Breaking news! New Cabinet in Ethiopia

     

    According to sources from prominent Ethiopian pro-government blogger, Daniel Berhane’s HornAffairs blog, the following reshuffle is expected.

    1/ Workneh Gebeyehu (PhD) (OPDO/EPRDF) – Minister of Foreign Affairs.
    2 / Abreham Tekesete(PhD) (TPLF/EPRDF) – Minister of Finance and Economic Cooperation.
    3/ Shiferaw Tekelemariam(PhD) (SPDM/EPRDF) – Minister of Education. 

    4/ Eyasu Abraha (PhD) (TPLF/EPRDF) – Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resource Development.
    5/ Ahmed Shide (ESPDP) – Minister of Transport.
    6/ Negeri Lencho (PhD) (OPDO/EPRDF) – head of Government Communication Affairs Office (GCAO) with the rank of Minister.
    7/ Dr. Keseteberhan Admasu (SEPDM/EPRDF) – Minister of Youth and Sports.
    8/ Sheferaw Shegute (SEPDM/EPRDF) – head of the EPRDF secretariat.

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