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Amber Henshaw

Updated: 2005-08-12T08:36:26+03:00


Opposition Presser


The two main opposition parties, the Coalition for Unity and Democracy and the UEDF, held a press conference yesterday. They again rejected the election results and said they wanted to form a National Unity Government with the EPRDF. That's all...

And we have a winner...


At a National Electoral Board Press Conference earlier they confirmed the EPRDF have won the election. They have 296 seats and their affiliates have 22. The CUD have 109 and the UEDF 52. There will be 31 re-elections and a...

Large and lardy!!


On AU summit day we were all getting pretty hungry after hours and hours of hanging I'm sure the leaders were too who didn't take a break during the discussions. I was chatting to a photographer at about 6pm...



The African Union held an extraordinary summit in Addis at the end of last week. They were discussing reform of the United Nations Security Council. The 53 African States had agreed to ask for two permanent seats with the power...

The African Union held an extraordinary summit in Addis at the end of last week. They were discussing reform of the United Nations Security Council.

The 53 African States had agreed to ask for two permanent seats with the power of veto at an earlier summit. 

However, many people believed that one of the best ways (only ways??) to get those seats was to do a deal with the G4 countries (Brazil, Japan, Germany and India). The G4 had made it clear that the veto would be a no go and had asked the African states to reconsider - hence the meeting.

Leaders - including Robert Mugabe and Thabo Mbeki - swept in to the AU amidst tight security. The meeting started with a speech by the Nigerian President,
Olusegun Obasanjo, who made it pretty clear that he wanted to see a consensus (i.e the call for a veto dropped)...with that in mind I thought it was ALMOST a done deal.

But seven hours later and Mr Obasanjo left (not looking too happy apparently) saying to journalists "What can I say?"

Everyone else started leaving shortly afterwards...few wanted to speak to the media but it became clear that they had agreed to stick to their original position. They also agreed to set up a group of 10 heads of states to promote their position internationally.

But was this really the best move for Africa? I'm certainly no expert but I just wonder what their chances of success are now without the support of the G4.....

Fistula Foundation


I’ve just been to the Fistula Hospital here in Addis Ababa to do a recce for a BBC story I’m doing later in the week. It is an inspirational place. Sister Ruth Kennedy, a Baptist missionary from America who’s been...



Ethiopia's election fever turned out to be quite contagious. Just over a week ago there were huge demonstrations in the centre of Addis Ababa - one day for the Government and the next for the opposition parties. The amount of...

The more it rains, tiddly pom!


It's raining so hard in Addis it feels like the house is going to cave in....I hope the summer rains haven't set in a month early! I'm going back to the UK next week for some sunshine...maybe.

Somali region


We got back from Jijiga/Dire Dawa a day early which worked out perfectly because it meant we could go to the election opposition parties rally in Addis today (more about it later but just to say I was pretty stunned...

Humanitarian crisis


It was announced this morning that the number of people urgently needing food in Ethiopia has almost doubled to 3.8 million people. When the appeal was made in December there were only 2.1 million on the emergency list. We're going...

Airport rant!


The last two days have been pretty horrific. After almost three weeks in Axum we were due to fly back to Addis on Tuesday morning. Everything was going smoothly - we got to the airport at 8am, checked in and...