Ethiopia Approves Lifting of State Of Emergency

Ethiopia's Approves Lifting of State Of Emergency (News Central TV)

In view of improved security conditions in the country, Ethiopia’s cabinet on Wednesday approved the lifting of a six-month state of emergency ahead of its expiration. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s office said in a statement.

Ethiopia declared a state of emergency on November 2, 2021 after forces from the northern region of Tigray said they had gained territory and were marching on the capital Addis Ababa.

The government said last month the army was clearing the Tigrayan forces from the northern Amhara and Afar regions, dismissing Tigrayan statements that their forces were retreating voluntarily to create an “opening for peace”.

“Now we have reached a stage where threats can be neutralised through regular law enforcement mechanisms,” the statement from the prime minister’s office said.

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The cabinet’s decision has been sent to the parliament for approval. Over the weekend, the military said it was planning to enter the Tigray regional capital of Mekelle and “eliminate” the rebellious forces.

That statement came amid diplomatic efforts to end the conflict that has displaced millions and triggered widespread hunger.

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