Ethiopia’s State Of Emergency Will Last 6 Months
As you may know, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, resigned within the week.
His resignation was followed with a state of emergency which the country’s Defense Minister Siraj Fegessa has now said will last 6 for months.
“Ethiopia bans protests, publications that incite violence during emergency rule.
“There are still pockets of areas where violence is prevalent. The (ruling EPRDF coalition‘s) council were unanimous in their decision,” Fegessa told newsmen on Saturday.
The former Prime Minister Desalegn announced his surprise resignation in a televised speech on Thursday, saying he wanted to smoothen the way for further reforms in a country plagued by protest for the past 3 years.
Analysts say signs of Desalegn’s resignation had been there since January, after over 6,000 prisoners charged with taking part in mass protests were released.
The state has also closed a jail where activists alleged torture took place.
Many of the prisoners took part in anti-government protests in 2015 and 2016 in Amhara and Oromiya, the country’s two most populous provinces.
The demonstrations began against a government plan to expand the capital Addis Ababa but morphed into greater demands for civil rights.
Ethiopia is East Africa’s biggest and fastest-growing economy and a Western ally in the fight against Islamist militancy.
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