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Ethiopia Declares State of Emergency for 6 Months Over Deadly Protests

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Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, has declared a six-month nationwide state of emergency, saying that months of unrest threatened the nation’s stability, a report said on Monday.

Rights groups said more than 500 people had been killed in protests in the Oromiya region since 2015.

It said that the protest began when disagreement over a development scheme for the capital turned into broader anti-government demonstrations over politics and human rights abuses.

The government says the death toll is inflated.

“A state of emergency has been declared because the situation posed a threat against the people of the country. Vital infrastructure, businesses, health and education centres, as well as government offices, and courts have been destroyed,” Hailemariam said.

He also repeated earlier promises of reform and plans for dialogue with the opposition.

According to the report, the state of emergency was effective from October 8.

The violence in Oromiya has put a shadow over a nation where a state-led industrial drive has created one of Africa’s fastest growing economies.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.

3 Comments

  1. The Real Oma

    October 10, 2016 at 10:20 pm

    Oh Africa, my Africa, is it that we can never get it right? Ethiopia is one country that has seemed to be on the fast track to development, and now this? Did somebody ‘swear’ for us? are there actually powers bent on keeping us on our knees?
    I weep for my continent, so beautiful, so rich, yet so crippled!

  2. anonymous

    October 10, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    Is the international airport at Adisabbaba safe?

  3. Luu

    October 11, 2016 at 9:38 am

    This is what happens when the rule of law is taken for granted even amidst economic gains

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