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On Election Eve

Predicting election results could be a risky venture if entered without taking a good stock of the fact that confident forecast is not always accurately reflected in final outcome. A case in point is the recent much-talked about English election where, despite early prediction to the contrary, Cameron surprised the pundits by beating Miliband in a bid for the premiership. In contrast, it is safer to predict voter turnout particularly on the eve of a polling day as attempted below vis-à-vis the fifth-round general election in Ethiopia due on Sunday, May 24, 2015. Given the record-high voter registration, one can indeed surmise a higher threshold of turnout than any of the previous ballots held in Ethiopia since the founding of the republic. Likewise steady increment in first and second generation of voters points to greater public embrace of the democratic principle of governance by the consent of the governed and robust public confidence in the integrity of the national electoral process.

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Gov't Urges Public to Exert Effort for Peaceful, Democratic and Credible Election

Government Communication Affairs Office called on all Ethiopians today to intensify their efforts for the peaceful, democratic and credible conclusion of the upcoming general election. At a briefing he gave here, Government Communication Affairs Office Minister Redwan Hussein said the pre-election phase was successful and a good foundation for the final phase of the election. The minster called on the public to actively and freely take part in the election and to elect their representatives.

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Foundation for 491km railway projects lay

Prime Minister HaileMariam Desalegn laid down a cornerstone yesterday in Ambo town for the construction of a 491km railway that links Addis Ababa with Bedele, known for its dense natural forest and crop production, in Oromoia regional state. The project is among the eight national railway roots set to be constructed by the Ethiopian Railways Corporation with a total length of 5060km. Noting the government has been spending the first five years of the growth and transformation plan (GTP), on the agriculture sector, since it is the backbone of the economy, the Prime Minister said the efforts brought significant results.

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Sudan Keen to Strengthen People-to-People Relations with Ethiopia

Sudan is keen to strengthen its people-to-people relations with Ethiopia, Speaker of Sudanese Parliament said. The Speaker of Sudanese parliament, Dr. Al Fatih Ezzadin today welcomed the Ethiopian Public Diplomacy Group at Khartoum International Airport. Speaking during the occasion, the speaker said Ethiopia and Sudan have age-old all-round relationship. He recalled that the two countries had created strong government to government relationship thanks to the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and Sudanese President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir.

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Some 30 Additional Ethiopians Return from Libya

Some 30 Ethiopian migrants from Libya have arrived here today at Bole International Airport. Foreign Affairs Minister Tewodros Adhanom, who welcomed the migrants, said the effort to bring back Ethiopian citizens from Libya would continue. The minister appreciated the support of Egypt and Sudan in facilitating the registration and transportation of Ethiopian migrants.

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World Bank Extends 350 Million USD Loan to Agricultural Sector

The World Bank has extended 350 million USD loan for financing the agricultural sector in Ethiopia. The agreement was signed by State Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Ahmed Shide, and World Bank Country Director for Ethiopia, Guang Z. Chen here yesterday. The loan is meant to transform the agricultural sector and to change the livelihood of farmers in Phase II of the Growth and Transformation Plan.

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President Mulatu Urges Ethiopians to Support ERC

Patron of the Ethiopian Red Cross Society (ERC), President Mulatu Teshome called on the people of Ethiopia to fulfill their humanitarian deeds by taking part in events organized by the Society.

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Press Release Government Communication Affairs Office

It will be recalled that government issued a public announcement of its investigation into yesterday's heinous terrorist murder of innocent Ethiopians in Libya, condemning the grisly act perpetrated by ISIS as yet another despicable display of inhuman barbarity. Since the probe has today confirmed that the targets of the terrorist slaughter are Ethiopian nationals, the government expresses its deepest suddenness and offers its condolences to the grieving families of the victims.

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Ethiopia’s Ambassador to South Africa talks to Home Affairs Minister on protection of citizens

Ethiopia’s Ambassador to South Africa talks to Home Affairs Minister on protection of citizens

Ethiopian Embassy in ‪#‎SouthAfrica‬ is undertaking various efforts alongside with the Ethiopian community to protect the lives of Ethiopians from savage and barbaric attack waged by xenophobic mob in Durban and the suburbs. On Tuesday, ‪#‎Ethiopia‬’s Ambassador Mulugeta Kelil and embassy staffs traveled to Durban from Pretoria, where the Embassy is located to discuss with local authorities and South Africa’s Minister of Home Affairs.

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Ethiopian PM lauds EU for assistance to COMESA

Ethiopian Prime Minister and COMESA Chair HaileMariam Desalegn lauded the European Union (EU) for supporting development endeavors of COMESA. While closing the 18th COMESA Summit, HaileMariam said EU has been extending assistance to infrastructure developments in the COMESA region.

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Welcome to FDRE Government Communication Web Portal

GCAO’s launching of a Web Portal- is yet another forward step on the communication front that more than ever underscores government commitment to transparency and accountability to citizens of Ethiopia on many levels. Not least in accurate and timely   dissemination of information to the general public, that conversely ensures government responsiveness to public feedback.   No better high-tech medium could fully express government endeavor to establish good governance, efficient service delivery and real-time information which not only enhances public trust in state institutions but also fosters an enabling environment for informed decisions.