Ethiopia declares State of Emergency for the second time

When Hailemariam Desalegn resigned as Ethiopian prime minister on Thursday following almost three years of deadly anti-government protests, he said he did it to be “part of the solution” to meet the public’s demands for “development, democracy and good governance”. The following day authoritarian regime struggling to contain the greatest threat to its authority since taking power in 1991 imposed a six-month state of emergency rather than reiterate its commitment to reform. Siraj Fegessa, the defence minister, said the goal of the SOE that would last for six months is to subdue “pockets of…

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