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  • PM Hailemariam fires Urban Development and Housing Minister Mekuria Haile.

    Mekuria Haile is member of the executive committee of SEPDM and EPRDF. It has been rumored in the past weeks that SEPDM, Hailemariam's home party, had sacked Mekuria Haile. There was no official statement regarding that.

    Mekuria Haile is the second executive committee member of EPRDF to be sacked in 2016. Two months ago, Zelalem Jemaneh, executive member of OPDO and EPRDF, was sacked and later detained.

    The ruling party has decided to make a series of expulsions and reshuffle in the coming weeks. Source Daniel Birhane.

     

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  • Saudi financed Netanyahu’s 2015 election bid

    A member of Israel's Knesset (parliament) has revealed that Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud helped finance the election campaign of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in 2015.

    Citing a massive leak of confidential documents dubbed the “Panama Papers,” Isaac Herzog, who is the chairman of the Israeli Labor party said, “In March 2015, King Salman has deposited eighty million dollars to support Netanyahu’s campaign via a Syrian-Spanish person named Mohamed Eyad Kayali.”

    Panama Papers, which detail the offshore wealth of politicians and public figures across the globe, exposed more than 11.5 million financial and legal records earlier in April.

    “The money was deposited to a company’s account in British Virgin Islands owned by Teddy Sagi, an Israeli billionaire and businessman, who has allocated the money to fund the campaign [of] Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu,” the lawmaker said.

    In the recent past, Netanyahu has on several occasions talked of a budding relationship between Israel and Arab countries. 

    In March, Netanyahu said Israel's relations with regional Arab countries are “dramatically warming” in what analysts said was an acknowledgement of behind-the-scenes ties.

    Moshe Ya’alon, Israel’s minister of military affairs, in February pointed to open channels between the regime and Arab states.

    Ya’alon said he was unable to shake hands with Arab officials in public due to the “sensitive” political realities.

    The Israeli minister later publicly shook the hand of Saudi Prince Turki bin Faisal al-Saud, who himself has openly met with a number of Israeli officials in the past.

    Israel has covert ties with Arab states despite their claims that they would normalize relations with Tel Aviv only when it reaches a deal with the Palestinians. This is while the two sides “can meet in closed rooms,” according to Ya’alon.

    Last month, the Jerusalem Post wrote that “rather than being isolated, Israel is being incorporated into the Saudi-led orbit.”

    “Part of this includes the opening of a mission in Abu Dhabi and increasing contacts in the [Persian] Gulf States,” it said.

    A former general in the Saudi military has also said recently that the kingdom would open an embassy in Tel Aviv if Israel accepted an Arab initiative to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    Riyadh also maintains secret military ties with the Tel Aviv regime.

    In April, Sheikh Naim Qassem, the deputy secretary general of Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement, said Israel was training Saudi military forces under the framework of clandestine relations.  

    Dozens of Saudi military officers were being trained following secret contacts that led to military cooperation, he said.

    “The Saudis are currently fulfilling the cycle of the Israeli project in public and secret meetings,” he added.

     

     

     

     

    SOURCE: PRESS TV : YOU CAN FIND THE ORIGINAL LINK HERE : http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2016/05/09/464706/Saudi-Arabia-King-Salman-Israel-Prime-Minister-Netanyahu-Isaac-Herzog-Panama-Papers

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  • David Cameron Pens to Ethiopia Fearing Andargachew Tsegie Trial Situation

     

    David Cameron writes to Ethiopia amid fears for death-row Briton

    By agency reporter

    MARCH 18, 2016

     David Cameron has intervened twice to secure UK access to a Briton who was kidnapped by Ethiopian forces in 2014, it has emerged, amid Foreign Office concerns that there has been “no substantive progress” on the case.

    The government has confirmed to Buzzfeed News that since 2014, the Prime Minister has written twice to his Ethiopian counterpart to ask for regular British consular access to Andargachew ‘Andy’ Tsege. Mr Tsege is a British father of three who was kidnapped and rendered to Ethiopia by the country’s security forces in June 2014. Mr Tsege, a political activist who has called for reform in Ethiopia, appears to be held under a sentence of death that was imposed in absentia in 2009. British officials have asked the Ethiopian government for regular consular access to Mr Tsege, and for a ‘legal process’ for him in Ethiopia, but have stopped short of requesting his release. (http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/22741)

    News of the Prime Minister’s interventions came as a July 2015 briefing from the Foreign Secretary’s office to Downing Street emerged. In the briefing, officials note that the UK’s strategy on Mr Tsege’s case had achieved “no substantive progress” since 2014, and that “our repeated requests for regularised consular access have not been granted” by Ethiopia; “despite multiple assurances given to the foreign secretary by the Ethiopian foreign minister.” The briefing concludes by describing the UK’s relationship with Ethiopia as an “otherwise successful partnership.”

    The news follows the recent voicing of concerns for Mr Tsege by the UN Special Rapporteur on torture, Juan Méndez. In his annual report to the UN’s Human Rights Council, which meets this month, Mr Mendez said there was “substantial” evidence that the Ethiopian government had subjected Mr Tsege to “torture, ill-treatment, prolonged solitary confinement and incommunicado detention.”

    Calls for Mr Tsege’s release have already been made by the UN’s Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, the European Parliament, and human rights organisation Reprieve, which is assisting his family in London.

    Harriet McCulloch, deputy director of the death penalty team at Reprieve, said: “Andy Tsege was unlawfully sentenced to death in absentia by Ethiopia’s government, and has since suffered a series of terrible abuses – including kidnap, rendition and torture. Yet, nearly two years on from Andy’s disappearance, it appears even David Cameron’s interventions aren’t moving Ethiopia to grant the UK’s basic requests. Britain must take a much firmer line, and ask Ethiopia to release Andy – as the UN and others have done.”

    *Further detail on Mr Tsege’s case can be found on the Reprieve website, here.

    * Reprieve http://www.reprieve.org.uk/

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