All theories expounding human and democratic rights come to the conclusion that the right of individuals to elect their representatives is an exercise of one of the fundamental rights set out in the 1948 Universal Declaration on Human Rights (UDHR). In short, the right to vote is an inalienable element of human rights.

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Some of the values which are considered to be the hallmarks of Ethiopian culture are our strong solidarity during both good and bad times, our ability to value more the ties that bind us together than those that set us apart, our celebration of various religious and cultural holidays together and, above all, our undying love for our country.

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The EPRDF-led government of Ethiopia has been criticized for being prone to inconsistencies when making administrative decisions during its twenty-five-year rule. Its propensity to apply different criteria to settle similar issues have engendered widespread public disgruntlement over the years.

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One of the manifestations of moral depravity is thievery. Regardless of whether it is petty or grand, stealing is a crime. Crimes against education are particularly odious because they are no different to killing a generation. This Monday the Ministry of Education decided to cancel and defer to an unspecified date National Higher Education Entrance Examination after a leaked English examination designated Code 14

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The ruling Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) is today celebrating the silver jubilee anniversary of its assumption of power by toppling the military Derg regime. It is touting successes in accelerating economic growth as well as encouraging strides in the social arena as it looks back on its twenty-five-year administration.

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Last week Ethiopia lost one of its wonderful sons who played a vital role in causing the national tri-color to fly high over and over again on the international arena. Ethiopians were shocked and saddened by the death Woldemeskel Kostre (PhD), the renowned distance running coach considered by many to be the architect of Ethiopia’s string of gold medals at the Olympics and World Championships from the mid-1980s 

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