ETHIOPIA TO DECLARE THREE MONTHS STATE OF EMERGENCY AS OF TODAY
Addis Abeba, February 16/2018 – The Council of ministers is set to declare a state of emergency for three months as of this morning, a source close to the government old Addis Standard. The military will be in charge via a command post, which will be “reporting to the Prime Minister,” according to our source.
The move follows yesterday’s resignation of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn both as Prime Minister, Chairman of EPRDF and his own party, the Southern Ethiopian People’s Democratic Movement (SEPDM).
Initially, there there was a “strong push” against the decision from members of two of the parties that make up the EPRDF: the Oromo Peoples’ Democratic Organization (OPDO) and the Amhara National Democratic Movement (ANDM), the two parties that govern Oromia and Amhara regional states, according to our source. However, “the state of emergency will be declared this morning as the security situation in the country is getting volatile,” said the source.
Details of parts of the civilian constitution to be suspended will be announced at the end of the ministerial council’s meeting, but it is likely to be not much different than the October 2016 nine month state of emergency, which was extended by additional four months.
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