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Thursday, October 12, 2006

More Judges Resign

Also in the news: Ethiopian opposition says govt coercing its members, Washington and Addis Ababa announced joint collaboration effort, More judges resign, Vaccine hopes for Ethiopia's Canis simensis and more of today's top stories!


Yesterday’s article by ETP’s Sintayehu, noted UEDF- Ethiopia’s silence these days, when it comes to criticizing Ethiopia’s ruling party. Today, the UEDF party has issued a statement highly critical of the government. Coincidence? perhaps – but we would like to think otherwise.

Ethiopian opposition says govt coercing its members

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - An Ethiopian opposition party accused Prime Minister Meles Zenawi's government on Thursday of threatening to withhold jobs from civil servants and students if they did not support the ruling party.

United Ethiopian Democratic Forces (UEDF) called on the ruling Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) to stop what it called coercive tactics.

"The pressure being put on civil servants that are members and supporters of the opposition parties to sign up as EPRDF members to retain their jobs must stop immediately," it said in a statement.

It said students were also being told they would not get employment upon graduation nor have access to vocational training schools unless they joined the EPRDF.

Bereket Simon, the ruling party's head of public relations with the rank of minister, dismissed the charges.(More...)

Washington and Addis Ababa announced joint collaboration on intercepting terrorists seeking safe haven in the Horn of Africa

The United States and Ethiopian governments have announced joint collaboration over intercepting terrorist attempting to seek safe haven in the Horn of Africa.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and US Pentagon assistant defense secretary for African affairs Theresa Whelan has had a high-level meeting in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, raising issues pertaining Somalia's aggravating situation.

PM Zenawi said Ethiopia's sketches on Somalia had always been based on enforcing the appropriate decisions passed by IGAD and AU, denying that any Ethiopian soldier was in the Somali territory.

US official Theresa Whelan praised Ethiopia for cooperating with the US ant-terrorism task forces based in Djibouti.(More...)

Vaccine hopes for Ethiopian wolf

A programme of targeted vaccinations could help prevent the spread of rabies among the world's rarest dog, the Ethiopian wolf, scientists suggest.

A team of UK researchers found that targeted reactive measures were more effective than "blanket" vaccination.

Ethiopian wolves (Canis simensis) are only found in remote areas of the Bale Mountains, located in the south of the African nation. (More..)

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