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Ethiopian prime minister resigns following mass protests

AFP  |  Addis Ababa 

Ethiopian Hailemariam has submitted a letter of resignation, the state-affiliated reported today.

The resignation of Hailemariam, in power since 2012, comes amid protracted anti-government protests and follows a nationwide state of emergency last year.

His stepping down from power is unprecedented in the vast East African country.

The letter was accepted by the of Hailemariams party, the Southern Ethiopian Peoples (SEPDM), as well as the wider ruling coalition, The Ethiopian Peoples Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), said.

His resignation will be confirmed once the full EPRDF council meets.

In a short statement, Hailemariam said he was not quitting politics, but wanted to continue his work to reform

"My decision is to be part of the ongoing reform programmes," he said, according to Fana.

Hailemariam oversaw a smooth handover on the death of former Marxist rebel Meles Zenawi, turning the and technocrat to an influential leader.

However, in 2015, months of anti-government demonstrations spread across Ethiopia, leaving hundreds dead and prompting parliament to declare a 10-month state nationwide state of emergency in October 2016.

The emergency quelled the worst of the violence but periodic uprisings still occur.

This week disenchanted young men wielding sticks and rocks meanwhile blocked roads and businesses stayed shuttered in and around the capital


In a bid to ease tensions, the government last month began issuing a string of pardons and prisoner releases, after Hailemariam said jailed "politicians" would be released "to improve the national consensus and widen the democratic platform".

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, February 15 2018. 19:20 IST
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