State of Emergency in Ethiopia Comes To An End

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A move to end a state of emergency has been approved by the Ethiopian parliament, two months earlier than it was initially planned.

The state of emergency was enforced in the middle of the month of February after the former Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn resigned which led to a power struggle within Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), the ruling party. The House of People’s Representatives debated on the council’s resolution and passed it with only eight abstentions.

The former army officer who replaced Hailemariam, Abiy Ahmed, has travelled around Ethiopia, and vowed to look into all grievances. Authorities have also promised to push through a raft of reforms that have included the release of numerous prisoners.