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Mahlet Fasil

During the military Derg regime of the ‘70s and ‘80s, when the motto of the day was “Everything to the Warfront,” Abitew Kebede, a prominent Afaan Oromo singer and song writer of the era was serving in the army. Abitew’s song Yannikoo, Afaan Oromo for ‘my thoughts’, which he wrote for his mother, first came out in the ‘80s and became an instant hit.


Summit brings together leading policy makers and business leaders with multinational investors


Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn will be addressing The Economist Ethiopia Summit to be held on October 28-29th at the Sheraton Addis under the theme “Driving Continued Growth.” Organizers say the summit will bring together more than 150 policy makers, business leaders and multinational executives interested in expanding investments in Ethiopia.


Kalkidan Yibeltal

On the last Sunday of May 2015, more than 35 million Ethiopians have flocked to cast their votes in an election that eventually proved to accentuate the absolute hegemony of the incumbent, the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Front (EPRDF). Two days later the African Union Election Observation Mission (AUEOM), the only international body to observe the election by sending its members to 356 of the 42, 000 polling stations throughout the country, declared that since its arrival a few weeks prior to the election the political environment had been “generally peaceful and calm and has remained so up until the election day.” It went on to say that in all visited stations the presence of security forces was “unobtrusive.”