Lemma Megersa, the Defense Minister and Deputy Chairman of the Oromo Democratic Party (ODP). announced that he supports neither the premier’s plan to merge the ruling EPRDF coalition into a new singular ‘Prosperity Party’, nor his much touted philosophy to unit Ethiopia called “Medemer”, directly translated as “to add.” Continue reading Defense Minister Lemma Megerssa Turns His Back on PM Abiy→
It was more than two years ago that we prepare the plan for the project, and now I get to see where we are and reflect where we need to go. Two years ago there was not edTech lab at the Eritrea Institute of Technology (EIT). I was afraid of pushing it too much. Just because we have one in Joensuu, it does not mean that it would work here. The Eritrean context is so different to the Finnish one, so many things could go wrong unexpectedly. Continue reading Eritrean Engineering Students Create a Low Cost, Low Power Computer→
A diplomatic and economic crisis broke out this week between Qatar and a group of other Arab states led by Saudi Arabia, which want Qatar to end its support for Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, among other demands. What could be the impact on Sudan, Somalia, and Eritrea – countries that have strong ties with one or more of these Mideast powers? Continue reading Qatar crisis: Fallout in the Horn of Africa?→
A senior official with the ruling EPRDF says the undemocratic culture entrenched in the legislature and executive branches is threatening the survival of the party and that of the government.
According to an audio of a meeting obtained by ESAT, Abay Tsehaye, one of the founders of the minority TPLF ruling party and an advisor to the Prime Minister, said the deep rooted undemocratic and inefficient ways of doing business in the executive and the legislature is so rampant, the country could one day “go up in flames.” Continue reading Ethiopia: Top TPLF Official Warns Ruling Party Survival at Stake→