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2005 in Ethiopia


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Timeline of Ethiopian history

The following lists events that happened during 2005 in Ethiopia.




  • January 2 - Over 50,000 people demonstrate in the capital of Addis Ababa against government plans to renew talks on the border with Eritrea.[1]


  • April 19 - The first part of the Obelisk of Axum is returned to Ethiopia after being taken by Mussolini to Rome in 1937.[2]
  • April 25 - The third and last part of the Obelisk is returned to Ethiopia.[3]



  • June 6 - Over 500 students are arrested following protests against the elections. The election result date has been postponed to July 8th after allegations of fraud by the opposition.[7]
  • June 11 - Opposition members allege the government of keeping Coalition for Unity and Democracy leader Hailu Shawel and senior official Lidetu Ayalew under house arrest and demand their release.[8]
  • June 22 - Opposition parties claim that the government investigators had dropped all claims of electoral fraud.[9]


  • July 8 - The first poll results for the elections in May reveal the EPRDF winning. CUD alleges fraud and protests in Addis Ababa leave at least 36 dead.[10]
  • July 25 - Five people are killed in bomb blasts at a night club in the Somali region.[11]


  • November 1 - Protests unleash in Addis Ababa due to allegations of election fraud, causing clashes leading to 2 police officers and 6 protesters dying.[12]
  • November 3 - In the third day of protests, the death toll of people killed in clashes between protesters and police rises to at least 40.[13]
  • November 4 - Violence begins to die down in the capital with clashes still being prevalent in Debre Berhan. However, few shops are open and no taxis are operating.[14]
  • November 13 - Prime Minister Zenawi defends the government from critics after the police violently crackdown on protesters and opposition members are imprisoned on treason charges.[15]


  1. ^ "Ethiopians denounce border talks".
  2. ^ "Obelisk arrives back in Ethiopia".
  3. ^ "Final obelisk section in Ethiopia".
  4. ^ "Ethiopian Government Taken to Task Over Massive Rights Abuses".
  5. ^ "Ethiopia poll prompts protest ban".
  6. ^ "Ethiopian ruling bloc 'wins poll'".
  7. ^ "Arrests for Ethiopia poll protest".
  8. ^ "House arrest for Ethiopia rivals".
  9. ^ "Row as Ethiopia drops poll probes".
  10. ^ "First Ethiopia poll results drawn".
  11. ^ "Blasts kill five in east Ethiopia".
  12. ^ "Ethiopian police shoot protesters".
  13. ^ "More violence in Ethiopia capital".
  14. ^ "Ethiopia bids to quell violence".
  15. ^ "Ethiopia answers Western critics".
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