National Security Council moves to resolve conflicts, says Prime Minister Hailemariam

Addis Ababa, November 9, 2017 (FBC) –Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn today briefed local journalists on current national issues.

In his briefing, the Premier discussed on the border conflicts between Oromia and Ethiopia Somali regional states, ongoing anti- corruption crackdown, devaluation of Ethiopia currency and other current issues.

He said Ethiopia’s National Security Council has begun works to resolve conflicts occurring in the country. The Council’s works will focus on involving the public to tackle conflicts, including conducting series of public consultations.

He said that the federal and regional security forces have also started an integrated works as of this week to to maintain sustainable peace and deter activities of those who want to take advantage of the current conflicts.

He further said that a task force will be established soon to rehabilitate those hundreds of thousands of people displaced by the conflict between Oromia and Ethiopian Somali regional states. The country is now peaceful, he told the press.

When asked if there is disagreement between EPRDF member parties and affiliate organizations following the conflict between Oromia and Ethiopian Somali regional states, he said, the problem is not within the parties, it is within the leaderships.

He said the government has taken measures against those security forces who were involved in the conflict. It also needs continuous works to bring to justice all those involved in the incident.

 As far as the ongoing deep renewal program is concerned, the Prime Minister said that the ruling party will continue its renewal program until rent seeking is defeated and developmental political economy takes the upper hand.

On the recent arrest of Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Ali Al-Amoudi by Saudi government, the Prime Minister Hailemariam said that the government of Ethiopia is following the situation diplomatically.

The government believes that his arrest will not affect his investment in Ethiopia, the Premier said.

The Premier indicated that Ethiopia’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has hit 2.1 trillion birr following the growth of the economy by fivefold since 2010.

Commenting on devaluation of Ethiopia’s currency, the Premier said the measure helped coffee export to raise by 20 percent in the past one month alone, including an increase in remittance from Ethiopian Diaspora.

The Premier apologized for the shortage of sugar supply occurred in the country recently. He said the problem was occurred due to ill-timed rainfall and failure of the new sugar factories to commence production.

The government has imported sugar and the problem is now getting resolved, he said.

Translated and posted by Amare Asrat