America Is Not With Ethiopia On State Of Emergency
As you may already know, there is so much uneasiness in Ethiopia’s political landscape.
The situation led to the unexpected resignation of its Prime Minister, Haliemariam Desalegn on Thursday last week.
His resignation was followed by the imposition of a state of emergency which Defence Minister, Siraj Fegessa said on Friday would last for 6 months.
But the United States said it strongly disagrees with the state of emergence as it believes it is not the solution to the crisis that had engulfed the horn of Africa for three years.
The U.S. embassy in Ethiopia said on Saturday it disagreed with the government’s decision to impose the state of emergency to calm potential unrest.
In a statement, the embassy said: “We strongly disagree with the Ethiopian government’s decision to impose a state of emergency that includes restrictions on fundamental rights such as assembly and expression.”
“We recognize and share concerns expressed by the government about incidents of violence and loss of life, but firmly believe that the answer is greater freedom, not less,” the statement added.
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