Woyanne increases military budget by 800% days after US and UK pledge famine relief – Al Jazeera

June 11th, 2008 Print Print Email Email

The Ethiopian government has announced plans to increase its military budget by $50m to $400m, just one week after it appealed for international help to tackle its worst famine in 25 years.

The announcement came after the US and Britain on Tuesday pledged a combined $90m in famine relief to the African country.

Sufian Ahmed, Ethiopia’s finance minister, said “we can only sustain economic development when there is stability in our region”. (more…)

The Ethiopian government has announced plans to increase its military budget by $50m to $400m, just one week after it appealed for international help to tackle its worst famine in 25 years.

The announcement came after the US and Britain on Tuesday pledged a combined $90m in famine relief to the African country.

Sufian Ahmed, Ethiopia’s finance minister, said “we can only sustain economic development when there is stability in our region”.
“We believe that this amount is proportional.”

The draft budget is expected to be approved later this month.

Famine relief

The move to increase military spending came a week after Ethiopia appealed for international help as it faces its worst famine since more than a million people starved to death in 1984 and 1985.

Amid drought conditions and soaring global food prices, the UN estimates four million people are now at risk of starvation.

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) plans to send about 95,000 tonnes of food to the Horn of Africa nation next month.

Ethiopia will also receive an additional $10m in medical supplies, water services and other non-food aid, USAID said in a statement.

Tensions

Ethiopia is involved in a border row with Eritrea that has remained unresolved despite the signing of a peace deal that ended their two-year war in 2000.

Ahmed, the finance minister, said the extra $50m for the military was needed to ensure stability “as we are based in the Horn of Africa region”.

Troops from Djibouti and Eritrea clashed along the border on Tuesday after Eritrean soldiers reportedly carried out an incursion in the Ras Doumeira area on April 16.

The claims sparked a tense standoff which raised fears of an all-out military confrontation at the southern end of the Red Sea, one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes.

Ethiopian troops have also been battling fighters loyal to the Islamic Courts Union in Somalia after entering in late 2006 to bolster Somalia’s beleaguered transitional government, a move supported by the US.

  1. mulat
    | #1

    It is the same Topic everywhere.
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  2. Tom
    | #2

    Mulat, maybe you do something and come up with a “unique” news!!

  3. Mulu
    | #3

    Mulat, I guess you don’t care about our people,
    when ‘Agame woyane’ increases military budget, our people are dying of hunger. this means, they don’t care about Ethiopia and its people except for their corrupted power. So again and again we will never tired until we see this irrisponsible regime down. Unless you are one of them, you don’t have to get tired of the situation our people facing, it is really bad time for us.

  4. Bigbalaga
    | #4

    Would any of you care to explain how the budget has increased by 800%? And what is the comaprison timeframe used in this equation?

    Unfortunately I see too much too ofetn both parties exposing anything and everything(race,religion,fortune/misfortune,success/failure and so on..)to their own advantage to drive thier own propoganda on the expense of common people who have suffered, are suffering and will suffer and never have had the chance in thier history to choose their leader or express their opinion at large.

    None of us is better than other. We’ll all are “sinners”. Let’s look into the mirror instead of pointing our finger to one another.

  5. Aselefu
    | #5

    Ethiopia has enemies, domestic and foriegn. Increasing the military budget at the expense of economical progress has its price, but priority should be given to defense of ethiopia from mad neigbours and their egyptian puppet-masters.
    Everything has a price

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