Parliament approves lifting of Ethiopia state of emergency


Ethiopia’s parliament approved government’s decision to lift a six-month state of emergency two months earlier than planned, state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting reported.

Government imposed emergency rule in February to clamp down on unrest sparked by a planned development scheme for Addis Ababa which some fear will lead to land seizures in nearby Oromiya region. The matter led Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn to step down.

On Saturday, Ethiopia’s cabinet met to assess the security situation and “noted law and order has been restored”, setting the stage for Tuesday’s vote in parliament.

Abiy Ahmed, a former army officer who replaced Hailemariam as premier, travelled around Ethiopia, promising to address grievances and strengthen political and civil rights.

Authorities pledged a raft of reforms including the release of thousands of prisoners.