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Ethiopia ends state emergency rule

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Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.

Ethiopia’s parliament on Tuesday approved a proposal to lift a six-month state of emergency rule in the country.

The approval quickens earlier plan by the government to lift the emergency rule in two months time.

According to Fana Broadcasting, Ethiopia’s cabinet met to assess the security situation and “noted that law and order has been restored”.

The review by the cabinet made way for Tuesday’s vote in parliament.

Emergency rule

The emergency rule imposed in February is to clamp down on unrest following series of protests in the capital Addis Ababa.

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The unrest was over a planned development scheme. There were fears the protests will lead to further land seizures in the nearby Oromiya region.

The former Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn resigned over the crisis ushering in Abiy Ahmed who promises to implement reforms.

Ethiopia has witnessed violent demonstrations since 2015.  Protesters have called for political and economic reform, and an end to state corruption.

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