Ethiopia: Government Lifts Six-month State Of Emergency

Ethiopia’s Parliament on June 5, 2018 voted to lift the state of emergency that was imposed last February and was supposed to last six months, the BBC reported.

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It followed a cabinet decision on June 2, 2018 to end the state of emergency, which saw no parliamentarian opposing; though eight abstained. Recently elected Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, has vowed to end ethnic and political divisions since coming to power last April. He has released thousands of prisoners, some of them political dissidents.

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The latest move is a further sign that the situation in the country is improving after almost three years of anti-government protests led to hundreds of deaths and thousands imprisoned.

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