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The following are news highlights in Ethiopia’s major media outlets on Saturday.

— The Defense Council of Ethiopia on Friday met to review the reform undertaken in the defense sector.

Chaired by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who is the Commander in-Chief of the Ethiopian Defense Forces, the meeting discussed the gains made from the implementation of the reform at all levels in the defense sector. (Fana Broadcasting Corporate/FBC)

— Ethiopia’s year-on-year inflation dropped to 10.4 percent in December, said the Central Statistics Agency (CSA).

According to the agency, food substances have shown 9.1 percent increase in the reported period. Similarly, the prices of non-food items increased by 11.4 percent, it said. (FBC)

— The Executive Committee of the ruling party, the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), will start its regular meeting on Monday, according to the front’s official website. (Ethiopian News Agency/ENA)

— The Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) has signed agreement with Germany-based Voith Hydro Shanghai for the installation and commissioning of six turbine generators at the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) with close to 78 million U.S. dollars. (FBC) Enditem

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