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27 May 2015 description

Meseret Bekele

Addis Ababa May 26/2015 The African Union Election Observation Mission said today that the general election held on Sunday was peaceful and credible.

A preliminary statement presented by Head of the Observer Mission, Hifikepunye Pohamba noted that the election provided opportunity for the Ethiopian people to express their choices at the polls.

26 May 2015 description

Ethiopia - IOM has transported some 41,978 South Sudanese refugees from camps in Leitchour and Nip Nip to Jewi camp in Ethiopia’s Gambella province in just two weeks.

The operation, which involved 443 buses, 86 trucks, and a helicopter, moved 39,563 refugees from Leitchour and 2,226 from Nip Nip to Jewi. Some 189 vulnerable refugees unfit to travel by road made the journey in a helicopter provided by UNHCR. The largest convoy last week consisted of 71 buses and 10 trucks carrying some 4,526 refugees.

26 May 2015 description

Ethiopia - IOM Ethiopia has provided post arrival assistance to some 2,061 vulnerable Ethiopians returning from Yemen. They have included people injured in the conflict, as well as those in need of transport and accommodation.

IOM is providing accommodation at its transit centre in Addis Ababa, onward transportation allowances and post-arrival health assessments, including referrals to hospitals in Addis Ababa.

26 May 2015 description

Key Issues:

  • The timely provision of short maturing improved varieties of wheat, sorghum, maise and teff seeds will be required for the upcoming meher season.

  • With some 1.6 million livestock require feed and water interventions in Arsi, West Arsi, Bale, East and West Hararge zones of Oromia region, 19.6 million quintals of emergency feed is required for the next two months.

26 May 2015 description

Asefa Mideksa

Addis Ababa May 24/2015 The African Union observation team visited polling station today said the process seems to be going on well in all areas.

The African Union observation team, which visited polling stations in Addis Ababa briefed journalists about its observations.

The team visited polling station 19 near Atlas Hotel to observe the closing of the polls and counting of votes.

24 May 2015 description

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | AFP | Sunday 5/24/2015 - 12:32 GMT

by Karim LEBHOUR

Ethiopians voted Sunday in the country's first general elections since the death of strongman Meles Zenawi in 2012, with his successor Hailemariam Desalegn all but certain to stay in power.

Over 36.8 million Ethiopians registered for Sunday's polls, but analysts say the election in Africa's second-most populous nation falls far short of true democracy. The opposition also alleges the government has used authoritarian tactics to guarantee victory.

23 May 2015 description

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Saturday 5/23/2015 - 07:26 GMT

Rights groups said elections on Sunday in Ethiopia, Africa's second most populous country, would not be free or fair due to a clampdown on freedom of speech.

Ethiopia on Sunday holds its first general election since the death of long-time strongman Meles Zenawi whose successor, Hailemariam Desalegn, is almost certain to stay in office.

22 May 2015 description

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | AFP | Friday 5/22/2015 - 14:39 GMT

Voting in the only constituency in Ethiopia with an independent member of parliament were postponed Friday, two days before the general election, the government spokesman said.

Ashebr Woldegiorgis, the only independent MP elected in 2010, had been due to run for a second term against a candidate from the ruling coalition party, the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF).

22 May 2015 description


• In April 2015, country level year-on-year consumer price index, and therefore the cost of living, increased by 9.3 %. The food and non-alcoholic beverages and non-food price indices have increased by 10.8% and 7.6% respectively as compared to last year the same month, April 2014. The food inflation in the last two months surpassed a single digit that prevailed over a year time. Furthermore, all components of food indices rose in the month.

22 May 2015 description
infographic World Food Programme

Highlights as of May 2015

In Ethiopia, drought conditions are affecting large regions from Afar across to Borena and parts of Oromia and SNNPR. Absent or irregular and sparse rainfall implies that severe negative impacts can be expected on Belg crop production and pastoralists livelihoods, including poor livestock condition and disruption of movements.

22 May 2015 description

May 22, 2015 / 64(19);537-537

Lauren B. Browne, MD1,2; Zeray Menkir, MPH3; Vincent Kahi, MD4; Gidraf Maina, MPH4; Solomon Asnakew, MPH5; Michelle Tubman, MD5; Hajir Z. Elyas, MD6; Alemayehu Nigatu, MPH4; David Dak, MPH4; U Aye Maung, MD4; Jolene H. Nakao, MD2; Oleg Bilukha, MD2; Cyrus Shahpar, MD2 (Author affiliations at end of text)

21 May 2015 description

This study uses two rounds of the Ethiopian Demographic Health Survey (EDHS) to statistically analyze patterns and trends in undernutrition (child growth) in Ethiopia over the period 2000 to 2011. In 2000, over half of Ethiopian preschool children were stunted and almost a third were severely stunted. However, progress against child undernutrition over the study period was solid, with stunting prevalence reduced by 1.4 percentage points per year, although progress has slowed since to 1.0 points per year between 2011 and 2014.

20 May 2015 description
report Voice of America

Marthe van der Wolf
May 19, 2015 11:45 AM

ADDIS ABABA— For the 2005 elections, Ethiopia’s government opened up the political arena. But when the united opposition received more votes than the ruling party expected, the government was accused of stealing back the elections and mass demonstrations against the final results turned violent. Now that there is a new prime minister, what do the opposition leaders from 10 years ago expect in the 2015 elections?

18 May 2015 description

Key Issues:

  • Since the beginning of the year, 11,675 measles cases were confirmed out of 12,421 reported cases. The Ministry of Health has not yet secured enough funding for the $38 million required to conduct the measles vaccination campaign for children under-15 planned for October.

  • The Government of Canada contributed $68,500 for the procurement and prepositioning of emergency education supplies. As of 13 May the education cluster was 2 per cent funded.

18 May 2015 description

Sixty-eight members of the Special Force of the Ethiopian federal police widened their knowledge of international human rights standards and humanitarian principles for policing. A two-day seminar organized mid-March in Addis Ababa also provided an opportunity for the members, who are also responsible for keeping peace & security during riots, violence and demonstration, to learn more about the ICRC.