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First Ever Referendum Scheduled For March
By Dawit Ketema, The Daily Monitor (Addis Ababa), 30 January 2001. An executive committee member of the Silte People’s Democratic Union Party (SPDUP), an ethnic based party in Ethiopia, said that a first ever referendum will be held for the determination of the Silte ethnic group’s identity.
Gurages Stage Rally
By Dawit Ketema & Dagnachew Teklu, The Daily Monitor (Addis Ababa) 19 March 2001. Several thousands of ethnic Gurages residing in Addis took to the streets yesterday to protest against ethnic Kebienas’ claim of Wolkite town.
Ethiopia to Have 14 Million People More in 7 Years
Panafrican News Agency (Dakar), 20 March 2001. Efforts must be made to check Ethiopia’s 2.7 percent annual birth rate, one of the highest in Africa, in a bid to balance economic and population growth.
Population Growth Still Too High, Says President
UN Integrated Regional Information Networks, 18 June 2003. Ethiopia is facing enormous pressure from its spiraling population growth. Some 67 million people live in Ethiopia, whose population grows each year by 2.7 percent. More than half its people live on less than US$1 a day.