Violence ‘delayed Ethiopia dam talks’

Ethiopia – The violence in Ethiopia that followed the killing of popular musician Hachalu Hundessa last week has delayed Nile Dam talks and hampered efforts against coronavirus, authorities said.

Water minister Seleshi Bekele said the protests delayed the talks that were supposed to take place by the beginning of last week.

Negotiations between Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan, to resolve the long-run dispute over Ethiopia’s construction of a mega-dam on the Nile River, started on Friday.

Seleshi said that the efforts of the health ministry against coronavirus were also affected especially in the first half of the week as no tests could be conducted in parts of the country that were affected by the violence.

Meanwhile, there are still tensions in Oroma region, with reports of people hiding for fear of violence. There is still no internet access across the country, which was cut during the protests.

Hachalu, a 34-year-old popular singer, was killed on June 29, sparking unrest that spread from Oroma where he was seen as a hero.

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