Addis Ababa - The United States says it "strongly disagrees" with Ethiopia's new state of emergency, saying the answer to the country's sometimes violent unrest is "greater freedom, not less". The statement by the US Embassy comes a day after the east African nation announced its latest months-long state of emergency amid the worst anti-government protests in a quarter-century. But on Thursday the prime minister announced he had submitted his letter of resignation, saying he hoped it would help planned reforms succeed. The state of emergency, which effectively bans protests, will be presented for lawmakers' approval within 15 days. Ethiopia's cabinet on Friday cited deaths, ethnic attacks and mass displacement as reasons for the latest state of emergency.

February 18, 2018 08:03 UTC

A state of emergency imposed in Ethiopia a day after the prime minister resigned will last for six months, the defence minister said on Saturday, as authorities sought to tamp down unrest in Africa's second most populous nation. A day later, the government imposed the state of emergency. Read: Ethiopia declares state of emergencyEthiopia is East Africa's biggest and fastest-growing economy and a Western ally in the fight against Islamist militancy. "The declaration of a state of emergency undermines recent positive steps toward creating a more inclusive political space, including the release of thousands of prisoners," it added. The government previously imposed a state of emergency in October 2016, which was lifted in August 2017.

February 18, 2018 06:22 UTC

Africa ReportBy Tom GardnerThe surprise resignation of Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has got some people looking at Oromo leader Lemma Megersa as a potential successorUntil recently, few people outside of Oromia, Ethiopia’s largest and most populous region, had heard of Lemma Megersa. After the shock resignation of Hailemariam Desalegn as prime minister on 15 February, many are betting on Lemma as his successor. That would make him Ethiopia’s first Oromo national leader. Young, articulate and confident, Lemma burst onto the national political scene in 2017 by distancing himself from his coalition partners and adopting the rhetoric of street protesters from his home state. OPride, an influential Oromo website based in the US, argued at the end of 2017 that “Lemma is already looking like Ethiopia’s new leader.

February 18, 2018 01:32 UTC

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February 17, 2018 23:03 UTC

A state of emergency imposed in Ethiopia a day after the prime minister resigned will last for six months, the defence minister says, as authorities sought to tamp down unrest in Africa's second most populous nation. Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn announced his surprise resignation in a televised speech on Thursday, the first time in modern Ethiopian history that a sitting prime minister had quit. A day later, the government imposed the state of emergency. The United States, a major aid donor, said it "strongly disagreed" with the decision to call for emergency rule. "The declaration of a state of emergency undermines recent positive steps toward creating a more inclusive political space, including the release of thousands of prisoners," it added.

February 17, 2018 20:37 UTC





How will PM Hailemariam Desalegn's resignation affect the future of Africa's second most populous country, Ethiopia? Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn's surprise resignation came after sustained anti-government protests in the East African country. While the government considers who will take his place, it has imposed a state of emergency for the next six months. Ethiopia is the second most populous country in the African continent, with 100 million people in more than 40 ethnic groups. Presenter: Martine DennisGuests:Harry Verhoeven - visiting scholar at Cambridge UniversityMohamed Ademo - founder and editor of OPride.com, an independent news website about Oromo and EthiopiaSource: Al Jazeera News

February 17, 2018 19:07 UTC

11:55, 18 February 2018 SundayEthiopian PM resignation postpones Khartoum dam meetingWorld Bulletin / News DeskThe sudden resignation of Ethiopia’s prime minister has postponed restarted meetings between Sudanese, Ethiopian, and Egyptian officials over the country's Renaissance Dam, Sudan said on Saturday. The meeting, originally set for next week, was to be the first on the controversial Blue Nile dam project since talks broke down last November. Presidents of the three countries agreed on the sidelines of last month’s African Union summit in Addis Ababa to meet in Khartoum on Feb. 24. Sudan’s Foreign Ministry said in a press release that the meeting was supposed to include the countries' irrigation, electricity and foreign ministers in addition to their intelligence directors. Talks between the three countries stalled over a technical report presented by international consultancy firms.

February 17, 2018 19:07 UTC

The U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia said Saturday it opposes the Ethiopian government's imposition of a state of emergency. Ethiopia’s Council of Ministers Friday declared a six-month state of emergency for the country, effective immediately, a day after Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn announced he is resigning. "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," the embassy said in a statement. Ethiopian Defense Minister Siraj Fegessa ruled out a military takeover Saturday, but said security forces have been told to take "measures" against those disrupting the country's operations. In an effort to ease tensions, the government this week released more than 700 prisoners arrested during the protests and a previous state of emergency.

February 17, 2018 18:33 UTC

A state of emergency installed after the resignation of Ethiopia’s prime minister Thursday will continue for the next six months, a high-ranking official said Saturday, according to the Associated Press. 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. Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn tendered his resignation two days later, though he continues to remain in office temporarily, a move he said would help political reforms and one that caused Ethiopia’s cabinet to declare a state of emergency, citing ethnic unrest. The most recent state of emergency in Ethiopia is the second the country’s government has put in place since 2016, following protests that killed dozens of demonstrators. The U.S. Embassy to Ethiopia on Saturday released a statement opposing the most recent state of emergency declaration.

February 17, 2018 18:22 UTC

The United States embassy in Ethiopia said on Saturday it disagreed with the government’s decision to impose a state of emergency to calm political unrest the day after the prime minister’s surprise resignation. ‘‘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,’‘ the statement said. 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. Under a previous state of emergency, declared in October 2016 and lasting 10 months, thousands of Ethiopians were arrested by the military. The current state of emergency has to be approved by the national parliament, which is currently on recess, giving the council 15 days to enforce the emergency rule until parliament reconvenes.

February 17, 2018 17:48 UTC

(ENSC) on Saturday urged citizens to respect the state of emergency that came into effect on Friday. The US embassy statement said that "the challenges facing Ethiopia, whether to democratic reform, economic growth, or lasting stability, are best addressed through inclusive discourse and political processes, rather than through the imposition of restrictions." has been facing incessant protests since 2016, especially in three most populous Oromia, Amhara and Southern regional states. The unrest has raised concern over the stability of Ethiopia, east Africa's largest economy. --IANSqd/(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

February 17, 2018 17:48 UTC

File photo shows security personnels patrol on the street in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Jan 29, 2011. (Xinhua/Zhao Yingquan)ADDIS ABABA, Feb. 18 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. embassy in Ethiopia on Saturday urged Addis Ababa to reconsider its decision to institute martial law. In a statement posted on its website, the U.S. embassy said the decision to impose martial law in Ethiopia on Friday reverses positive steps taken to create a more inclusive political space, including the release of thousands of prisoners. Ethiopian National Security Council (ENSC) on Saturday urged citizens to respect the state of emergency that came into effect on Friday. Ethiopia has been facing incessant protests since 2016, especially in three most populous Oromia, Amhara and Southern regional states.

February 17, 2018 17:48 UTC

Defence Minister Siraj Fegessa told a press conference: "the state of emergency will last for six months, and it must be presented to House of People's Representatives and approved within 15 days." "I don’t think the state of emergency will bring peace and stability," Addis Ababa resident Andualem Melese told AFP. The prime minister said he was leaving to give the EPRDF space as it pursued political reforms. Last month, Hailemariam said Ethiopia would release some jailed "politicians" to "improve the national consensus and widen the democratic platform". A state of emergency gives the federal government authority over all security forces, including local militias and regional police, said Ethiopia researcher Rene Lefort.

February 17, 2018 16:30 UTC

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Ethiopia’s defense minister on Saturday ruled out a military takeover a day after the East African nation declared a new state of emergency amid the worst anti-government protests in a quarter-century. The state of emergency will be presented for lawmakers’ approval within 15 days, Siraj said. Ethiopia’s cabinet on Friday cited deaths, ethnic attacks and mass displacement as reasons for the latest state of emergency. That state of emergency led to the arrest of more than 22,000 people and severely affected business. The new state of emergency will create a group of people with conflicting interests, Befekadu said.

February 17, 2018 16:30 UTC

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - The U.S. embassy in Ethiopia said on Saturday it disagreed with the government's decision to impose a state of emergency to calm potential unrest the day after the prime minister's surprise resignation. "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," the statement said. "We recognize and share concerns expressed by the government about incidents of violence and loss of life, but firmly believe that the answer is greater freedom, not less," it said. (Reporting by Aaron Maasho; Writing by Katharine Houreld; Editing by Edmund Blair)

February 17, 2018 16:30 UTC