Ethiopia emergency to last six months

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Addis Ababa: Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has submitted a letter of resignation, the state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate station reported on Thursday.

The Africa's second most populous nation had witnessed a ten-month state of emergency since October 2016, following the Ethiopian parliament's decision to extend the initial six-month period by four months.

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

The Council of Ministers, according to the broadcast, said the state of emergency would also be instrumental in thwarting ethnic-based conflicts in the country and safeguarding the constitutional order.

The declaration which came into effect as of Friday, but was not immediately clear how long it would last was announced by the Council of Ministers which comprises the Ethiopian government's cabinet.

The US 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".

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

A member of the Wolayta ethnic minority in the country's south, Hailemariam was seen as lacking the charisma of his predecessor Meles Zenawi, who led the EPRDF to victory over the Derg communist Junta.

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".

He will remain in office until parliament and the full EPRDF coalition confirm his request to leave. It remains unclear who will then take over.

"What the people are demanding is fundamental change", Merera said, describing Hailemariam's exit as a matter of internal party politics.

"There are, after all, possibilities.to move forward", Merera said. The board included it would discharge more points of interest on Saturday.

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