Ethiopia: Gambella is moving in right direction in 21st century

Gambella, February 15, 2015 (GMN) - More than 6,000 candidates have been registered for the upcoming national election, the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia said. NEBE Public Relations Director, Demisew Benti, told news media that 57 parties got registered the candidates of the total, 1,884 candidates will contest for seats in the House of Peoples Representative (HPR) and 4,166 for regional councils. Over 1,308 of the candidates are women, it was indicated. Out of the total candidates, 11 are independent candidates contending for seats in the HPR, while two got registered to contest for seats in regional councils, the director pointed out.

Colorizm in Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, December 07, 2014 (GMN) - A couple of weeks ago, I travelled to the very beautiful Gambella and my timing could not be the worst. Gambella was messed up with conflict. Though I only stayed for a couple of nights, I asked everyone I met about the cause of this on again off again conflict in that region. Everyone seemed to have a different opinion, and most have something to do with the unfair resource division, land grab and other political pressures from the area. Very few mention the issue of ethnicity, which is assumed to be a common source of conflict in Ethiopia. Rather, one cause that I have discussed with my good Friend Kute broke my heart.