Ethiopia arrest former Communication Minister

Former Communication Minister, Bereket Simon arrested. Photo: African Media.

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (ADV) – State and private media in Ethiopia have disclosed that former Communication Minister, Bereket Simon, has been arrested by the federal government.

His arrest is allegedly connected to corruption.

Arrested at his residence in the capital, Addis Ababa, Simon is a founding member of the ruling coalition, the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front, EPRDF.

Simon was a member of the Amhara regional bloc in the EPRDF.

His party, now the Amhara Democratic Party ousted him from executive committee membership.

Bereket resigned from his position in government in October 2017 at the time as an advisor in charge of Policy Studies and Research to ex-Prime Minister Haile Mariam Desalegn.

Later in December, the state-affiliated FBC reported that Bereket like then Parliament Speaker Abadula Gemeda, had rescinded their resignations. He eventually exited after Abiy came to power in April 2017.

Also arrested with Simon is Tadesse Kassa, a former top civil servant according to impeccable sources in Addis Ababa.

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