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Ethiopia Lifts State of Emergency

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The House of People’s Representatives (HPR), has passed the draft law proposed by the Council of Ministers to lift the State of Emergency effective today June 5, 2018.

The House passed the draft bill with a majority in favor and eight abstention votes.

The government imposed emergency rule in February, a day after Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn resigned amid popular unrest and division within the ruling coalition.

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Since the election of Abiy Ahmed, the first Oromo prime minister in the country’s history, the authorities have pledged to push through a raft of reforms.

Abiy has traveled to several areas of the country, promising to address grievances and strengthen a range of political and civil rights.

In addition, several thousands of prisoners have been released and tensions in restive areas, notably Oromia, have dramatically declined.