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Addis Ababa November  1, 2017 The Crown Prince Haakon Magnus and Princess Mette-Marit of Norway are expected to visit Ethiopia next week.

The visit of the Crown Prince and Princess to Ethiopia is expected to boost the relationship between the two nations, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

It would help to enhance the bilateral relationship between Norway and Ethiopia, that goes back to 1947.

During their visit to Ethiopia from 6 – 9 November 2017, the Crown Prince and Princess will meet Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and President Mulatu Teshome.

The visit of the royal family is expected to be accompanied by a business delegation.

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Addis Ababa November 1,2017 Some 30 million Birr was donated for the rehabilitation of citizens displaced due to conflicts between the administrative border of Oromia and Somali regional states, the Government Communication Affairs Office (GCAO) said.

The regional governments of Amhara, Tigray, and Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples (SNNP) are the states that extended the assistance - each contributing 10 million Birr.

 State Minister of GCAO Firehiwot Ayalew told ENA that the assistance will be used to permanently rehabilitate the displaced through the National Disaster Risk Management Commission.

 The State Minister has lauded efforts of nations, nationalities, and peoples of Ethiopia in supporting the displaced people.

 Firehiwot added that the federal government will consolidate efforts in collaboration with elders, religious and tribal leaders for the fruitful completion of the rehabilitation process.

 Efforts to permanently rehabilitate the displaced people will be conducted following peace conferences that are expected to take place in areas where conflicts were occurred.

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Addis Ababa November 1,2017 An Ethiopian medical team deployed to provide medical humanitarian aid to victims of the horrendous terroristic attack that killed over 300 in Mogadishu has returned yesterday.

The 4 person surgeon team that has been rendering medical humanitarian aid for 8 days was dispatched in response to the request of Somalia's government for medical assistance.

Ethiopian government officials received the medical team upon their arrival at Bole International Airport.

Health Minister Professor Yifru Birhane said on the occasion the plastic surgery, general surgery, fracture and skin related deformation specialists have done all they could to alleviate the suffering of the victims.

Professor Yifru noted that “instability in ones neighborhood causes instability at home. Similarly, lack of health in your surrounding can ultimately cause suffering and disease in your home. That is why these professionals went to Mogadishu”.

Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Ethiopia to Somalia, Jamaludin Mustafa Omar said though this is primarily a brotherly gesture, the contribution of the surgeons is the symbolic indication of our commitment during the hardships.

According to Ambassador Jamaludin, what is done by the Ethiopian government following the attacks is not only part of public diplomacy but a great humanitarian involvement.

Team leader, Dr. Zerihun Abebe said the patients, families, and the people at large as well as the government of Somalia were happy. Above all, the medical aid has created opportunities for bilateral cooperation in the field.

Foreign Affairs Spokesperson, Meles Alem said the doctors have represented their country in their profession and they are heroes.

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Addis Ababa November 1, 2017 The ruling party EPRDF has raised the proportional representation for the mixed electoral system from 15 percent to 20 today.

The proposed 20 percent, which adds 110 new seats to the existing 550 seats of the House of People's Representative, will play irreplaceable role to enhance the democratization process and widening of the political space, according to EPRDF.

The opposition All Ethiopian National Movement appreciated the initiative and commitment of the ruling party in bringing tangible change in widening the political space.

Similarly, All Oromo People's Democratic Party accepted the percentage proposed by EPRDF saying that the opposition should not look for bonus as we have to struggle to win the heart of people.

 The group of 11 opposition parties and Gadaa System Advancement Party who proposed 40 percent instead of 20 during the last session requested to discuss the new proposal with their respective parties.

 The negotiating political parties have also discussed about how the National Electoral Board should be organized and agreed on the existing independent model of electoral management.

 As to the naming of National Electoral Board, however, some parties wanted it to be changed into National Electoral Commission where all parties in the country will be represented and the Commission advised by civic organizations and universities.

 EPRDF rejected the proposal claiming that the Board should be free and neutral that is not influenced by anyone and the involvement of the stated bodies would undermine this. It added that the representation of all parties in the Board will also deny neutrality and independence.

 On the other hand, All Oromo People's Democratic Party suggested that all the nine regional states have each electoral board since they are autonomous.

 The national political parties have agreed to continue negotiating on November 3, 2017.

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