Ethiopia to Lift State of Emergency

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia is set to cut short a state of emergency imposed three months as the security situation in the country improves.

The six-month emergency law was a subject of the Council of Ministers’ second Extraordinary Session convened on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s cabinet discussed removing the six month State of Emergency ahead of its expiration, considering changes in the security situation, said his office  in a statement after the meeting.

The Council passed a decision to lift the State of Emergency and submitted a resolution to the lower house of Ethiopian parliament for approval, said the office, after agreeing that the current security situation can be handled using the regular security structure.

The resolution was adopted as per the provisions of Article 11 (2) of Proclamation No. 1264/2021, which states parliamentarians have the power to shorten the six months period if the circumstances that demanded declaration of a state of emergency are changed.

The six-month long nationwide emergency was declared by the Council of ministers November 2, 2021, and approved by the parliament 24-hours later.

Authorities said the emergency rule,  imposed soon after designated-terrorist group TPLF invaded Dessie town 400 kilometres north of Addis Ababa, was needed to respond to a threat posed by the group on the constitutional order of the country.

It was also aimed at protecting “civilians from atrocities being committed by the terrorist Group in several parts of the country,” according to Justice ministry

The federal and regional forces have since cleared off the TPLF forces from all parts of Amhara and Afar regions.

The federal government, however, chose against entering Tigray and ordered the national army to emain on guard in the liberated areas, signaling the end the counter-offensive led by PM Abiy from the warfronts.