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Published On: Fri, Feb 16th, 2018

EPRDF has no choice but to declare state of emergency in Ethiopia after resigns prime minister

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Araweelo News Network

This week of February 2018 the mayhem is back to the Oromo regional state

Addis Ababa(ANN)-EPRDF has no choice but to declare state of emergency in Ethiopia after resigns prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn.

Ethiopia announced a state of emergency on Friday after Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on Thursday announced his intention to step down amid a political crisis in the Horn of Africa country.

The ruling EPRDF coalition’s council met on Friday and decided to impose emergency rule, the state-run Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation said. The announcement did not say how long the rule would be in place.

The council “came to the conclusion that imposing emergency rule would be vital to safeguarding the constitutional order of our country”, it said. Further details are expected to be given by the defense minister on Saturday morning.

An opposition leader said earlier on Friday the ruling coalition had lost its authority and all parties must help map the country’s future.

Hailemariam Desalegn says he has submitted his resignation as both Ethiopia’s prime minister and chairman of the country’s ruling coalition.

Hailemariam’s announcement comes amid a political crisis and lingering unrest in the Horn of Africa country, which has been releasing thousands of political prisoners to ease tensions.

“Unrest and a political crisis have led to the loss of lives and displacement of many,” Hailemariam said in a televised address on Thursday.

I see my resignation as vital in the bid to carry out reforms that would lead to sustainable peace and democracy,” he said.

Hailemariam added, however, that he will stay on as prime minister in a caretaker capacity, until the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) and the country’s parliament accept his resignation and name a new premier.

The rotating violent protests have erupted in Oromo region in Southern Ethiopia one more time. Last year Oromo region was rocked by mass demonstrations, road blockage, burning and looting of factories and private properties. After that the sinister plan of dismembering Ethiopia moved to Universities, as a result of that many young students, other civilians and members of the security forces lost their lives.

Right after the Oromo region disturbances and the upheaval in Universities which also took lives of innocent young Ethiopians and disrupted the learning process of many higher education institutions, those who are behind the evil plan moved the destructive movement back to Amhara region. In the north of the country in Wello, Amhara region the entire country witnessed what took place in Woldya, Qobbo, and Mersa towns last month.

 

This week the mayhem is back to the Oromo region. According to news reports including government media like EBC roads to major and small towns have been blocked. All trade and business was halted by hooligans and demonstrators. The same news report says some towns have been opened up, but no one knows for long. The government is pleading and begging those are destroying property and uprooting people. Many more towns are still closed off by the demonstrations.

All this is happening just weeks after the EPRDF party executive committee announced it has went through deep renewal conference. Also the government has released hundreds of prisoners including leaders of opposition parties to calm down the tense situation in the country, but the result is not what the government was expecting, instead it has triggered more demonstrations more lives has been lost this week. It seems the more the government try to appease the demonstrations the more they become embolden. It is safe to say those who are planning, financing, guiding and leading the destructive demonstrations are smelling fear on EPRDF, probably they are right.

Ms. Omia Aba-Jemal who is part of the Oromo regional government said as a result of this week’s disorder nine people have lost their lives, 13 others were hurt and many businesses were destroyed.
From 2015 to 2018 Amhara and Oromo regions have been plagued by disastrous mass demonstrations supported by armed groups and hooligans. Hundreds of people lost their lives, thousands of public and private properties destroyed.

The federal government keeps doing the same thing, putting out fire following the ruinous movements. The government never took any proactive actions to prevent these devastating actions from happening.

When the state of emergency was in place the country was becoming peaceful, then the government lifted the state of emergency prematurely and we are back to square one. If the government is serious about maintaining peace and security in Ethiopia, they should reinstate the state of emergency throughout the country for three years. Meanwhile they should work to address all the issues raised by citizens and implement the so called deep renewal ideas announced after the meeting.

 

If EPRDF fail to take real, tangible and immediate action to remedy the current situation, things are deteriorating faster than the economy is growing. Besides what is the point of constructing factories if they are destroyed, highways if they are destroyed, highways if they are blocked, schools if they are empty and what is the meaning of federation if there is no federal government to enforce the laws and there are no states to federate?

About the Author

- Arraale Mohamoud Jama Freelance Journalist and Human Rights Activist Arraale, is a 20 year experience as a professional Journalist and human rights activist Over the years, worked for the major News Papers in Somaliland as a reporter, editor and contributor. 2008 established website Araweelo News Network, he currently runs a web site based in Somaliland. who is the specializes in the investigation and reporting on issues relating to human rights, democracy, and good governance. contact: Info@araweelonews.com jaamac132@gmail.com Send an SMS or MMS to + 252 63 442 5380 WhatsApp + 252 63 4764409 + 252 65 910 7347.

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