Published: Sun, February 18, 2018
World | By Camille Rivera

Ethiopia: Govt to Declare Three Month State of Emergency As of Today

Ethiopia: Govt to Declare Three Month State of Emergency As of Today

While the government considers who will take his place, it has imposed a state of emergency for the next six months.

A state of emergency imposed in Ethiopia on Friday after Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn (above photo) resigned includes a ban on protests and publications inciting violence, Ethiopian Defense Minister Siraj Fegessa said on Saturday.

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Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn resigns

The Council of Ministers, according to the broadcast, said the state of emergency would also be instrumental in thwarting ethnic-based conflicts in the country and safeguarding the constitutional order.

"The best way to ensure stability at this time is not to declare state of emergency that was tested and failed", Mohammed wrote on Facebook earlier on Friday.

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Numerous prisoners took part in anti-government protests in 2015 and 2016 in the country's two most populous provinces, whose ethnic Oromo and Amharic communities complained that they are under-represented in the country's corridors of power. The board included it would discharge more points of interest on Saturday.

The statement urged the government in Ethiopia "to rethink this approach and identify other means to protect lives and property while preserving, and indeed expanding, the space for meaningful dialogue and political participation that can pave the way to a lasting democracy".

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10 people were killed in an anti-governmental demonstration in Ethiopia a few days back. Parliament - where the four-party ruling coalition controls all 547 seats - is expected to ratify it within two weeks.

More than 6,000 political prisoners have been freed since January as the government struggles to placate simmering anger among the two largest ethnic groups, the Oromo and Amharic, who complain they are under-represented in the corridors of power. Those released included several prominent opposition leaders and well-known journalist Eskinder Nega, a critic of the government.

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