Ethiopia: Govt to Declare Three Month State of Emergency As of Today

State of emergency in Ethiopia as country's prime minister resigns

State of emergency has been deemed necessary to quell unrest in various parts of country: State TV.

"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.

A national state of emergency has been declared in Ethiopia just one day after the unexpected resignation of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.

Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn announced his surprise resignation in a televised speech on Thursday.

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"The current situation in the country has come to a point where it can't be handled with normal peace-protecting mechanisms", said a statement issued by the Council of Ministers and read on the state broadcaster, the Ethiopian Broadcasting Corp., on Friday evening.

The state of emergency, which effectively bans protests, will be presented for lawmakers approval within 15 days.

Mulatu said Ethiopia needed a completely new political system after years of political unrest in the two most populous regions of the Horn of Africa country.

Thousands of prisoners were since pardoned or released from custody, including some of the country's most prominent dissidents.

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The statement urged the government in Ethiopia "to rethink this approach and identify other means to protect lives and property while preserving, and indeed expanding, the space for meaningful dialogue and political participation that can pave the way to a lasting democracy".

The last martial law in Ethiopia had lasted for 10 months. The ruling EPRDF coalition controls all the seats in parliament.

More than 6,000 political prisoners have been freed since January as the government struggles to placate simmering anger among the two largest ethnic groups, the Oromo and Amharic, who complain they are under-represented in the corridors of power.

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