Ethiopian Prime Minister Desalegn offers resignation

by Garry Watts February 18, 2018, 3:05
Ethiopian Prime Minister Desalegn offers resignation

The state of emergency is to be declared amidst increasing power struggle, especially between the OPDO and ANDM, to replace the outgoing Prime Minister.

Ethiopia's ruling coalition has lost its authority and all parties must help map the country's future, an opposition leader said on Friday, suggesting political tensions in Africa's second most populous country are unlikely to ease soon, APA reports quoting Reuters.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn's surprise resignation came after sustained anti-government protests in the East African country. Security forces have been instructed to take "measures" against those disturbing the country's functioning, with a new special court established to try them.

Ethiopia's Prime Minister quit on Thursday, saying he wanted to smooth the route to further political reforms The government is dominated by the EPRDF coalition led by ethnic Tigrayans.

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The demonstration came to an end only after the government agreed to release the political prisoners.

Hundreds of people have died in three years of anti-government protests centered around Ethiopia's two largest regions, Oromia and Amhara. A stampede at a religious event southeast of the capital, Addis Ababa, that month claimed the lives of several dozen people. Ethiopia's state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting corporate reported that the US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, discussed current political issues with Foreign Minister Workneh Gebeyehu in NY.

"I don't think the state of emergency will bring peace and stability", Addis Ababa resident Andualem Melese told AFP.

Under a previous state of emergency, declared in October 2016 and lasting 10 months, thousands of Ethiopians were arrested by the military. "It brings temporary silence but not normalcy".

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