Voting Day Violations

Results of the count in the fifth national election have begun to be released but there is discontent in opposition camps where there are several accounts of mismanagement. Breaches ranged from campaign posters and armed persons in and near polling stations, to questionable treatment of ballot papers. Some of these were witnessed by FORTUNE’S STAFF WRITERS, BROOK ABDU AND DAWIT ENDESHAW, whose observer review follows.

The Campaign Is Over, Ethiopians Vote Today

An election campaign may have its challenges but there is due process to be followed. The NEBE has taken pains to ensure that all comply with the law in the exercise of the franchise to select political leadership for the next five years. While the critics and pundits have had their say, DAWIT ENDESHAW FORTUNE STAFF WRITER, bears witness that today it is the people who exercise their power.


Now that consumers want to enjoy their milk in the non-fasting season, they are faced with limited supply and higher prices. SNETSEHAY ASSEFA, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER went in search of the milk and managed to purchase her half litre, while hearing recommendations from the market place.

International Schools, Illegal but Allowed

An investigation of international schools in Addis Abeba, unearthed a mixture of curricular provision including local and international content in the various categories of schools within the education system. However, as FORTUNE STAFF WRITER, BROOK ABDU, discovers, there is no law that authorises the operation of international schools.


One of Addis Abeba’s black markets for hard currency is also one within reach of the several branches of both public and private banks. People walking by are approached by…

Massive Show of Grief, Outrage

On Wednesday, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER, DAWIT ENDESHAW joined throngs of mourners in the massive demonstration called by the government to condemn the atrocious killing of Ethiopians in Libya by the ISIL. What he witnessed was a spilling over of sadness and anger that led to some arrests and left several people injured.


Despite committing to export 80pc of their total production, local textile manufacturers do not seem to be making good on their promise. Instead, they are focusing on the local market. SNETSEHAY ASSEFA, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER, finds that the main reason stated is the incapability of contending in the international market.


The extended 55-day lent comes to an end for Ethiopian Christians with a very early breakfast of red chicken stew eaten at three o’clock in the morning, when people come…

Election Campaign Steaming Up

With less than two months to go before Ethiopians go to the polls, contesting political parties are stepping up their campaigns, using traditional as well as social media, though some are constrained by limited funds. As the spectre of a less than free and fair process raises its head with allegations of censorship and travel restrictions. FORTUNE STAFF WRITER, DAWIT ENDESHAW tests the heat of the election campaign waters.

Ethiopian, Egyptian Leaders Flow Smoothly on the Nile

Following the recent signing of a Declaration of Principles governing the way forward, the recent visit of Egypt’s President el-Sisi to Ethiopia is a turning point in relations between the two countries and signals a wind of change regarding historic differences over the use of the waters of the Nile. Ethiopia’s Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam seems to have gained an unprecedented level of acceptance but as FORTUNE STAFF WRITER, DAWIT ENDESHAW discovers, there are still many nuances to be worked out.


Delay in the Belg rainfall season attributed to climate change, causes regional anxiety about shortages in crop production and effects on livestock. However, to the contrary, available data indicate no shortfall in production. Price increases are associated with hoarding by middlemen who benefit from the higher prices. The impact of delayed rainfall is more keenly felt in animal husbandry.

Home Grown Leather Holds Sway at District Level

Consumers at Addis Abeba’s exhibition markets enjoy a variety of leather goods manufactured by small-scale leather producers who are demanding direct access to raw materials. As investment increases and production expands, these items are becoming available for export to other African countries as well as to markets in Europe and the United States. BROOK ABDU, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER takes us on a shopping expedition for locally made leather products and explains the production process

Parties’ Lukewarm Ideological Debate at Addis Abeba University

It seems that as the election process reaches its momentum, political parties have been using every outlet in order to present their ideological, policy and program alternatives to the electorates. As a matter of fact, debates between political parties are known for attracting the feeling of ordinary audiences and some characterised by fierce exchange of words. However, the debate that was held among three political parties had circulated around presentation of hardcore ideologies

Fasting Market Swings

Traders at a Crossroads with Vegetable Price Increase while meat may reign supreme during the rest of the year, it all but hibernates during the fasting season known as Lent. This, of course, creates a change in the market, in this case, giving rise to other food items such as vegetables and fish.


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