Saudi- Ethiopia Declares State of Emergency

Saudi- Ethiopia Declares State of Emergency

A day later, the government imposed the state of emergency.

The ruling EPRDF coalition's council met on Friday and made a decision to impose emergency rule, the state-run Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation said.

State-affiliated Fana Broadcast Corporate also reported Siraj dismissing "as false rumours of military takeover of the government".

It did not state how long the emergency will be in effect.

The provisions are similar to Ethiopia's last state of emergency declared in October 2016 after months of protests in Oromia - home to the country's largest ethnic group, the Oromos - and neighbouring Amhara region. But rights groups have often criticised the government for clamping down on political opponents and the media.

Moments after throwing in the towel, Hailemariam, who has sat at the helm of the Ethiopian government since 2012, cited ongoing "unrest and a political crisis" in the country as major factors in his resignation, which he described as "vital in the bid to carry out reforms that would lead to sustainable peace and democracy".

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The U.S. embassy statement said that "the challenges facing Ethiopia, whether to democratic reform, economic growth, or lasting stability, are best addressed through inclusive discourse and political processes, rather than through the imposition of restrictions".

"I myself want to become part of the solution", he said in announcing his resignation on Thursday.

The last martial law in Ethiopia had lasted for 10 months.

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

Young men had blocked roads leading out of the capital with rocks and burning tires, disrupting public transportation. "Otherwise, they would not discuss about the state of emergency". Parliament - where the four-party ruling coalition controls all 547 seats - is expected to ratify it within two weeks.

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