State of Emergency Normalizing Situation in Ethiopia – ReliefWeb

by Zelalem

Addis Ababa October 20, 2016 The Office of the Federal Attorney said the state of emergency that Ethiopia has declared a week ago, is helping to restore law and order in the country.

In a press conference he gave here today, General Attorney Getachew Ambaye said following the establishment of emergency rule in the country, the situation has started to progress.

Getachew said economic activities which were disturbed by the violence including road transportation and business are now backing to normal.

As the state of emergency came following the danger posed on the security and stability of the state, it enables the state to bring the situation to normal, he added.

The destructive activities carried out by anti-force elements in various parts of the country were targeting economic pillars as well as instigating hatred among different ethnic groups and followers of different religions, he said.

The forces were trying to stop long-distance transportation to various parts of the country, which hindered movement of goods and people, he said.

Those activities had made the situation difficult to transport construction materials to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam for a while as well hindered import-export trade through Metema, he said.

But, the state of emergency has changed the situation, Getachew said.

“They have tried to close the road to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) and stop vehicles loaded with construction material. There was also an attempt to prevent transportation of fuel from Sudan through the northern part of the country”, he said.

“Now things are getting better. Activities including transportation, trade, and education continue without any problem”, he said.

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