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Ethiopia extends State of Emergency period to sustain relative calm

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Ethiopia parliament (Anadolu file photo)
By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

March 30, 2017 (ADDIS ABABA) – The Ethiopian parliament on Thursday unanimously endorsed proposed motion to extend the nationwide State of Emergency for additional four months.

The House of peoples representatives today unanimously voted in favour of the extension of the just ending six-month-old state decree to ensure an absolute calm and stability is fully restored across the country.

Senior government officials and the State of Emergency Inquiry Board which is in charge of overseeing its implementation have proposed to the house an extension of the decree arguing the existence of a potential threat of unrest in parts of the country.

Siraj Fegessa, Secretariat of the State of Emergency Command Post and Ethiopia Minister of Defense, explained the reason for the extension to the existence of some anti-peace elements who are reorganising themselves
to incite violence.

"There still exist some anti-peace elements at large who wish to capitalise on disputes that might spark among regional states," Siraj told the house while responding to queries that arose from lawmakers.

He added that some leaders of the violent acts are disseminating false
and misleading information to incite fresh violence.

Citing to a survey conducted across the country, the minister said the public has suggested an extension of the state emergency until the prevailing peace reaches to a level of no return.

The House urged the Inquiry Board to ensure that no human rights violations are committed at the second state emergency period.

Ethiopia declared the six-month State of Emergency last October in response
to the wide-spread deadly protests and unrest in Amhara and Oromiya regions.

The state emergency, the country first in a quarter a century was imposed to arrest violent anti-government protests and to restore what Addis Ababa says is a growing security situation in the two troubled regions.

Since the decree was imposed, the Ethiopian government has recently lifted many of the restrictions.

Recently, Addis Ababa has lifted more restrictions for the second time.

Accordingly, the command post led under Ethiopia defence minister has lifted
the command post’s power to arbitrary arrest people or search individuals
house.

Furthermore, curfews and other restrictions on media and social media activism are now lifted.

According to the inquiry board, a total of 26,130 suspects were arrested under the state decree mainly from Oromiya and Amhara regions where the anti-government protests sparked.

All except some 5,000 have so far been freed after receiving renewal training including on constitution, rule of law and a colour revolution among others.

(ST)

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  • 31 March 09:17, by Believe in Truth

    Excellent move!

    When a state is fully guided by her own constitution with wise leaders who care about citizen irrespective of thier tribes, no doubt the county is surely peacefull unlike South Sudan with pool leader who care more of his stomach and his tribe more than citizen of South Sudan.... South Sudan should learn from Ethiopia

    Bold move so far my beloved leaders!

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    • 31 March 09:40, by Believe in Truth

      Continue... The people of Ethiopia will agree with me that this bold move by people leaders will bring about full calmness and peace accross the country. Its will also create sense of fears to these who are planning against the poeple of Ethiopia. Neverthless, the people of Ethiopia live with love and prosperity irrespective of tribe so as the leaders. Therefore, the country’s leaders should cont.

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      • 31 March 13:48, by James

        Don’t bark here like a mad dog. Go and dig those buried and missing in the Koshe garbage. and also go and kneel down before your bosses and surrogates in the west for food aid. Currently more than 5 million Ethiopians are starved. And I am sure its the west advised to extend the emergency period and if they refuse they will not get the food aid.

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  • 31 March 13:59, by James

    Shamefully, Ethiopia has received food aid for the last seventy years and still people are living and eating garbage.

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  • 31 March 14:05, by James

    The regime in Ethiopia dominated by the minority group Tigrians are heated by the people of Ethiopia like nothing,so its time for the TPLF regime to go. RIP TPLF...

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