Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has resigned unexpectedly, saying he hoped to end years of unrest and political upheaval. Mr Hailemariam, who has led the country since 2012, also stepped down as chairman of the ruling coalition. "I see my resignation as vital in the bid to carry out reforms that would lead to sustainable peace and democracy." Mr Hailemariam said he will stay on as a caretaker prime minister until parliament and the EPRDF accept his resignation and choose a replacement. Mr Hailemariam, a trained engineer, took office following the death of Meles Zenawi who had ruled since 1991.
February 15, 2018 17:03 UTC
Mr Desalegn took over power in August 2012 from Mr Meles Zenawi who died in office. Mr Desalegn said Ethiopia is now at a critical point in history. By ANDUALEM SISAYMore by this AuthorAddis AbabaEthiopians began reflecting on the future of their country following a televised statement Thursday of the resignation of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. While some say his decision was long overdue, others did not take the statement of intent seriously, suggesting Mr Hailemariam was testing their minds. That of Jacob Zuma and Prime Minster Hailemariam Desalegn, South African president and Ethiopian prime minster respectively.
February 15, 2018 16:52 UTC
Hailemariam Desalegn said “I see my resignation as vital in the bid to carry out reforms that would lead to sustainable peace and democracy.”Ethiopia's Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, has resigned from his government post, as well as chairman of the ruling coalition. Desalegn previously served as deputy prime minister and foreign minister under former Ethiopian leader Meles Zenawi. When Zenawi passed away in 2012, Desalegn assumed the prime minister position. Hundreds of people lost their lives in Addis Ababa after an urban development plan was approved for the capital city. Some of those that have been freed included opposition leader Bekele Gerba and top blogger Eskinder Nega, according to Africa News.
February 15, 2018 15:00 UTC
Hailemariam Desalegn has announced his resignation as Ethiopia's Prime Minister and chair of the ruling Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF). According to some analysts, the prime minister since 2012 was expected to step down at the EPRDF congress scheduled for later this year, but today's move came as a surprise. An Oromo prime minister would not necessarily mean the regime would change it how it governs, but it would be a symbolic victory for the protests in that region. It remains to be seen how many of these protesters demands will, and can, be met by a new EPRDF prime minister. Some are now suggesting the new prime minister will be from the OPDO.
February 15, 2018 15:00 UTC
PA Ethiopia Prime Minister quit todayThe PM resigned from the head position in Africa's second most populous nation this afternoon after much speculation. The ruling coalition has accepted his resignation, state-affiliated outlets said. GETTY More than 6,000 of political prisoners were releasedSince January, the government has speeded up reforms, releasing more than 6,000 political prisoners. The prime minister had pushed for even more prisoner releases, said a regional analyst familiar with Ethiopian politics. "He (the Prime Minister) wanted more prisoners released - I think he wanted to empty the jails of all political prisoners.
February 15, 2018 14:57 UTC
In response to the Ethiopian government’s release of more than 700 political prisoners this week, Freedom House issued the following statement:“The release of hundreds of political prisoners, including prominent opposition leaders and journalists, is a commendable step toward greater respect for fundamental rights,” said Jon Temin, Director of Africa programs at Freedom House. ‘The Government of Ethiopia should follow this with broader reform measures to promote democratic governance, such as repealing draconian civil society and antiterrorism laws, allowing independent media to operate without harassment, and ensuring the independence of democratic institutions, including the judiciary.”Background:Since the January 3, 2018 announcement of its intention to release political prisoners and close the Federal Crime Investigation Unit (Maekelawi), the Ethiopian government has released over 3,000 political prisoners through pardons and dropping of charges. Prominent political prisoners including Merera Gudina, Bekele Gerba and Andualem Arage, and journalists Eskinder Nega and Wubshet Taye, were among those released. Ethiopia is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2018, Not Free in Freedom of the Press 2017, and Not Free in Freedom on the Net 2017.
February 15, 2018 14:03 UTC
Ethiopian prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn has submitted a resignation letter after the worst anti-government protests in a quarter of a century, saying he hoped the surprise decision would help planned reforms succeed and create a “lasting peace”. The 53-year-old prime minister said he will continue in his role until the “power transition is completed”. A favourite to replace the prime minister is the head of Ethiopia’s Oromia region, Lemma Megerssa. But a legal scholar at Mekelle University, Meressa Tsehaye, said the deputy prime minister is widely expected to succeed Mr Hailemariam. He also served as deputy prime minister and foreign minister under the former leader before assuming power.
February 15, 2018 13:52 UTC
Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said on Thursday he had submitted his resignation as both premier and the chairman of the ruling coalition. Hailemariam has faced nationwide protests following his government's harsh crackdown on dissent and opposition. "Unrest and a political crisis have led to the loss of lives and displacement of many," Hailemariam said in a televised address to the nation. The unrest spread the following year with protests against political restrictions. The 53-year-old prime minister will continue in his role until the "power transition is completed," the state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate reported.
February 15, 2018 13:30 UTC
ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA—Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn announced Thursday he has submitted a resignation letter after the worst anti-government protests in a quarter-century, saying he hoped the surprise decision would help planned reforms succeed and create a “lasting peace.”“I want to be part of the solution,” he said in remarks carried by the Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation. “I believe that the public’s demands and questions should be met and answered.” It was not immediately clear whether lawmakers had accepted the resignation. Ethiopia has been rocked by months of protests demanding wider freedoms that have left hundreds dead and tens of thousands detained. The government in recent weeks released more than 6,500 detained opposition figures, journalists and others after the prime minister in an unexpected announcement in January said he wanted to “widen the democratic space for all.”The protests have disrupted life and business in one of Africa’s fastest-growing economies. The 53-year-old prime minister said he will continue in his role until the “power transition is completed.” He also seeks to unseat himself from the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front.
February 15, 2018 13:30 UTC
Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on Thursday submitted his resignation amid growing political turmoil in the country. This led to a total shuttering of businesses throughout the vast Oromo region as part of a strike. Desalegn became prime minister in 2012, succeeding Meles Zenawi, the architect of Ethiopia’s recent economic boom. The country saw a decade of double digit growth, though this has slowed in recent years under pressure from severe droughts and social unrest. Ostensibly a democracy, the ruling Ethiopia People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front – dominated by the Tigrayan minority – controls 100 percent of the parliament, leading to feelings of economic marginalization among the Oromo majority.
February 15, 2018 13:29 UTC
Earlier the week, there had been widespread demonstrations by the country’s Oromo people, the largest ethnic group, over the perceived slow pace of prisoner releases promised in January. The strike was lifted on Wednesday with the prisoner releases. Opposition figures in Ethiopia’s extensive diaspora claimed the government had capitulated in the face of popular pressure. Desalegn became prime minister in 2012, succeeding Meles Zenawi, the architect of Ethiopia’s recent economic boom. Following a party executive council meeting, the government announced in January a plan to start releasing political prisoners in effort to broaden the political consensus.
February 15, 2018 13:18 UTC
Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has submitted a letter of resignation, said state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate station. Picture: AP Photo/Michael Tewelde, FileAddis Ababa, Ethiopia - Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has submitted a letter of resignation, the state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate station reported on Thursday. The resignation of Hailemariam, in power since 2012, comes amid protracted anti-government protests and follows a nationwide state of emergency last year. In a short statement, Hailemariam said he was not quitting politics, but wanted to continue his work to reform Ethiopia. However, in 2015, months of anti-government demonstrations spread across Ethiopia, leaving hundreds dead and prompting parliament to declare a 10-month state nationwide state of emergency in October 2016.
February 15, 2018 13:07 UTC
Ethiopia's prime minister has announced he will resign, in what he says is an effort to advance reforms aimed at easing the country's political unrest. Speaking on state television Thursday, Hailemariam Desalegn said he has submitted his letter of resignation as both prime minister and chairman of the ruling EPRDF coalition. The prime minister said he is stepping down "to be part of the solution and for the success of the reforms and the solutions we have put in place." He said both the EPRDF and his party, the Southern Ethiopian People's Democratic Movement, have accepted his resignation, and he hoped parliament would accept it. Hailemariam, 52, has served as prime minister since September 2012, when he was appointed one month after the death of his predecessor, Meles Zenawi.
February 15, 2018 13:07 UTC
Ethiopia’s prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn has offered to resign from his position as premier of the country and chairman of the ruling coalition. Desalegn’s resignation comes as the country struggles to conatin a political crisis with unrest in the restive Oromia region. Desalegn became prime minister of Eastern Africa’s biggest economy in 2012 after the death of his predecessor, Meles Zenawi. He has previously served as deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs. But his failure to deal with a political crisis that has seen hundreds of people die in demonstrations against political restrictions and human rights abuses, since 2015, has proved costly.
February 15, 2018 13:01 UTC
Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has submitted a letter of resignation, the state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate station reported on Thursday. The resignation of Hailemariam, in power since 2012, comes amid protracted anti-government protests and follows a nationwide state of emergency last year. Hailemariam oversaw a smooth handover on the death of former Marxist rebel Meles Zenawi, turning the relatively little-known politician and technocrat to an influential leader. However, in 2015, months of anti-government demonstrations spread across Ethiopia, leaving hundreds dead and prompting parliament to declare a 10-month state nationwide state of emergency in October 2016. This week disenchanted young men wielding sticks and rocks meanwhile blocked roads and businesses stayed shuttered in and around the capital Addis Ababa.
February 15, 2018 12:56 UTC