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  • Ethiopia's New Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, Earns $300 Monthly

    • On a salary of just $300, Abiy Ahmed's Mission as Prime Minister in Ethiopia is not to amass wealth but to overhaul the economic model of his country. This is the type of leadership ideology Africa needs, don't you agree?
    • "I work seven days a week for $300 a month," says Abiy Ahmed Ali from Menelik Palace, the Prime Minister's official headquarters in the centre of Addis Ababa.

    "I am not getting rich, but I am not corrupted. I have a modest office," he indicates down the red-carpeted hallway, making the point. "But I am interested in making [the] change."

    Abiy's message was clear: the authoritarian political and closed economic model of his predecessors required a thorough overhaul.

    "Most politicians," he says, "know how to describe democracy, but they couldn't deliver it. It is because it's a borrowed concept, and they couldn't apply it. It's for the same reason that the TPLF struggled when talking about labour policy, or about communism. These are imported ideas.

    "We have been talking about democracy for 20 years, yet there have been huge human rights violations. The party holds 100 percent of seats in parliament, yet it talks about democracy."

     In the same vein, he says, "the government talks about an agrarian society, yet only 12 million people work in this sector".

    Even though Abiy is critical of the impact of social media on Ethiopia's youth and their values, "you can't talk about democracy and block bloggers and jam the voices of our society", he says, taking a dig at the previous government's regular clampdowns on Facebook and other social media outlets.

    Source:- https://www.africanexponent.com/post/9275-ethiopias-abiy-ahmed-is-changing-the-african-narrative

    Ethiopia’s PM Meles says his salary is only $383 USD

    Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said his salary is only $383 US dollars a month (around 6,400 Ethio Birr). He revealed his salary during a regular press conference he conducts in Addis Ababa in Amharic, the official language of the country. Many Ethiopians have often claimed that Meles Zenawi is worth multi-billion dollars and keeps assets in foreign banks in the west. His family’s corporation E.F.F.O.R.T is a renowned monopoly in several major sectors of the Ethiopian economy

    Source:- https://ethiopiantimes.wordpress.com/2011/03/16/ethiopias-pm-meles-says-his-salary-is-only-383-usd/

     

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  • Ethiopian wins 1 million USD lottery

     

    In the midst of nationwide lottery buzz around two rapidly-escalating jackpots that now total
    more than $1.2 billion—the DC Lottery awarded its first $1 million grand prize its new $10 Million Cash
    Extravaganza scratcher. The winner—Mr. Mesfin Asmare—a District resident, purchased his winning ticket at
    Fair Liquors, 5008 New Hampshire Avenue, NW.
    Introduced in September 2018, the $10 Million Cash Extravaganza features more than $10 million in total cash
    prizes, three top prizes of $1 million, and the best odds of becoming an instant millionaire in DC Lottery history.
    Mr. Asmare says his game choice was strategic. “I was going for the million-dollar prize,” he smiled while
    describing how he’d purchased three tickets from his favorite lottery retailer on his way to work last Friday. “I
    scratched the tickets on the subway, saw that it was a big winner, stuffed it in my pocket and went to work,”
    Asmare laughed.
    $10 Million Cash Extravaganza is a $30 game loaded with more than $10 million in total cash prizes including 60
    instant prizes ranging from $3,000 to $30,000 and more than 13,400 prizes ranging from $100 to $1,000. Two $1
    million prizes remain on this ticket that can be purchased at lottery retailers District-wide.
    “We’re thrilled for Mr. Asmare’s million-dollar win,” said DC Lottery Executive Director Beth Bresnahan. “A
    perfect precursor to tomorrow’s record-setting Mega Millions jackpot, we hope his win a good omen for more
    winning for DC Lottery players,” she said referencing the estimated $868 million top prize available with Friday’s
    Mega Millions game, shattering the previous $667 million record set with the game played October 16. Prior to
    this record-breaking streak, the highest Mega Millions jackpot had been $656 million, set in March 2012.
    Tonight’s Powerball jackpot currently holds at an estimated $345 million, making it the 17th highest jackpot in
    the history of the Powerball game.
    The cash option for Friday’s Mega Millions game is $494 million. The jackpot for this game has not been hit since
    July 24, 2018. The cash option for Wednesday’s Powerball game is $199 million. The Powerball jackpot was last
    won August 11, 2018.

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