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Gulen schools in Ethiopia to be transferred to Turkish government

January 11,2017

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Gulen schools in Ethiopia will be transferred to Turkish government but it will be done so in a legal process. It is Prime Minster Hailemariam Desalegne,cited by Anadolu Agency, who made the remark during a press conference held on Monday in the capital Addis Ababa.
The Turkish government linked the attempted coup in July 2016 with Fetullah movement whose leader is based in the United States. Hundreds were killed and thousands wounded as a result of the attempted coup.

Gulen movement is believed to own about six schools in Ethiopia, indicated a report by AA. They were initially opened, said Hailemariam Desalegne, with the consent of Turkish government. According to Anadolu Agency, Hailemariam was responding to a question by Anadolu Agency journalist regarding Ethiopian government stand on what the reported described as Gulen-owened schools.

It seems the case that there are African countries that shut down schools linked to Gulen movement.

“We have children registered in these schools and the legal transfer should be done in a way that does not affect them,” Hailemariam is quoted as saying by Anadolu Agency.

The issue was already discussed with Hailemariam Desalegne at the end of December 2016 when a Turkish Economy Minister,Nihat Zeybekci, visited Addis Ababa.

Hailemaraiam says, as quoted by AA, “The Turkish economy minister told me the legal ground was there so the transfer will be made in line with legal grounds.”

In recent years, there has been an active Turkish economic presence in Ethiopia in the form of investment. However, there are issues related to some Turkish investors. For example, two Turksih nationals who owned Elsie Addis Textile factory in Adama ( Nazret ) left the country without settling over 933 million Ethiopian birr (that is 40 million US dollars)loan payment with Development Bank of Ethiopia, not to mention claim of unsettled bill with cotton suppliers in the country.


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