Gov’t extends state of emergency

Gov’t extends state of emergency

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The House of Peoples Representatives (HPR) has extended the state of emergency for additional four months, FBC reported.
Government declared the six-month State of Emergency (SoE) in October last year following the unrest mainly occurred in Amhara and Oromia regions.

Explaining the “raison d’états” of extending the state of emergency, Siraj Fegiessa, Minister of Defense and the Decree’s Command Post Secretariat told parliamentarians that, “the extension is necessary because some anti-peace elements are still active in some parts of the country, some of those who took part in the protests have not yet been apprehended, protest flyers are still being distributed”.

He added: “Therefore, the measure has taken to make the relative stability better and sustainable”.
The SoE affected the economy particularly the tourism and investment sectors.

The SoE, the country’s first in quarter a century, was imposed to arrest violent anti-government protests and to restore what the government said “a growing security situation in the troubled parts of the country”.

International human right groups have been criticizing the state of emergency as “a tool to silence dissent”