Abiy nominated for Nobel Peace Prize, 2018

Monday October 1, 2018 – Friday October 5, 2018

Politics
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize who only took power in April.
 
The Amhara National Democratic Movement (ANDM) has changed the name and the logo of the political party. Henceforth, it will be known as Amhara Democratic Party (ADP). The change comes after the political mergers of the Oromo bloc made weeks ago in order to gain support for a better outcome in the 2020 elections. The Oromo Peoples Democratic Organization (OPDO) changed its name to the Oromo Democratic Party (OPD).

 
On October 3, 2018, the ruling coalition 11th congress commenced with 1000 party officials expected to attend. The Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) intend to meet for three days and they are likely re-elect Abiy Ahmed as the head of the party coalition. It is the first ruling coalition congress to be held since 2015 thanks to anti-government protests experienced in the country. The agenda include the discussions on the recent reforms undertaken by the Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. During the congress, Abiy Ahmed emphasized on to the reforms and said that it shall be sustained by integrating young and experienced leaders. He cautioned that talks of refuting the efforts made by the past generations and their past achievements should stop.

 
Society
At least 73,000 people have been displaced in the clashes that followed last week’s killing of four people in eastern Ethiopia’s Benshangul/Gumuz region. The Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC) stated that most of the displaced had escaped to the neighboring towns of Oromia Regional State. Most of them belonged to the Oromo and Amhara ethnic communities.

 
Ethiopia’s government is failing to protect its citizens amid escalating ethnic violence that has displaced nearly a million people in the last six months, the head of a national human rights body that reports to parliament said on Thursday. Last week alone, more than 70,000 people, mostly Oromos, the largest ethnic group in the country, were targeted by members of other groups in the western state of Benishangul-Gumuz, regional officials said.

 
Over the weekend, Shamaahiye Sheikh Farah, former head of Jail Ogaden was arrested. According to the Human Rights Report of July 2018, he is part of the six officials that committed gross human rights abuses in the infamous jail located in Jigjiga. This arrest comes after the closure of the prison and it has been suggested that it will be turned into a museum.

Monday October 1, 2018 – Friday October 5, 2018

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