Ethiopia declares state of emergency after PM resigns

State of emergency in Ethiopia as country's prime minister resigns

Siraj Fegessa, country's defense minister, also said the emergency declaration could be extended for an additional four months, and that the military would not attempt to take over the government during this time.

Ethiopia has declared a state of emergency following unrest in the restive Oromia and Amhara regional states, according to a state television broadcast.

Both the EPRDF and Desalegn's party, the Southern Ethiopian People's Democratic Movement, agreed to accept his resignation and he said he hopes Parliament will do the same.

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.

Moments after throwing in the towel, Hailemariam, who has sat at the helm of the Ethiopian government since 2012, cited ongoing "unrest and a political crisis" in the country as major factors in his resignation, which he described as "vital in the bid to carry out reforms that would lead to sustainable peace and democracy".

Rights advocates have frequently criticised Ethiopia's government for mass arrests and long jail terms handed to political opponents and journalists.

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Thousands of prisoners were since pardoned or released from custody, including some of the country's most prominent dissidents.

10 people were killed in an anti-governmental demonstration in Ethiopia a few days back.

Protesters had blocked roads leading out of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's capital, with rocks and burning tyres, disrupting public transportation in the city.

The next day, Hailemariam announced his resignation. "It has been decided that a state of emergency is needed to protect the constitutional order of the country".

It is unclear who will take over from Hailemariam or when that decision will be made. The ruling EPRDF coalition controls all the seats in parliament.

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